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We are attempting to make a vb database application that does not modify the user's registry or add to the user's system files. We are planning on using the client's system resources that are already installed with Explorer 5.0 (comctl, oleaut, comcat, mdac25, dcom95). Will we be able to accomplish this by just installing the .exe and .mdb files in a directory on the users C:\Programs Files directory? Do shortcuts created by an install program modify or change the registry at all? Does anyone have any expert advice for a poor newbie? Thanks! Pamela
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Shortcuts do not modify the registry, they are simply files which have the special .lnk extention, which Windows uses to identify them.

Any Visual Basic compiled .exe needs VB's runtime, which while not big is included only in XP.

The following is from the download location -
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=28337&area=top&ordinal=23

 Visual Basic 6.0 SP5: Run-Time Redistribution Pack (VBRun60sp5.exe)

VBRun60sp5.exe is a self-extracting executable file that installs versions of the Microsoft Visual Basic run-time files required by all applications created with Visual Basic 6.0. The files include the fixes shipped with Visual Studio 6.0 Service Pack 5.

    * Version - sp5
    * Release Date - 28 Feb 2001
* Estimated Download Size/Time @28.8 - 1,045 kb / 6min

System Requirements

The VBRun60sp5.exe self-extracting executable file can be run on:

Operating System - Windows 95 & 98, NT 4.0 & 2000, Windows Me

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Thanks for the great answer. It doesn't sound like we'll be able to accomplish our requirement of not changing the registry or system files. Any ideas how we could accomplish this? I'll give 300 points to anyone who can give me a solution.
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