VB 6.0 Package Deployment runtime error 75 path/file access error when deploying from CD

Posted on 2004-11-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
All works fine on dev and client machines if setup is run from harddrive.  But if burn and run from CDrom then get runtime error 75 path/file access error at end of install.  Get message that install has completed successfully and appears that all files are loaded and registered and then get error and can't ignore.  Selecting "Cancel" uninstalls.

Dev machine is WinXP Pro SP 2.  Installing on Win2k, XP.

Have verified file dates, sizes, versions, etc...
Have commented out all entries in setup.lst looking for a culprit but no change.

Sample listing from ST6UNST:
ACTION: DllSelfRegister: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\wshom.ocx"
ACTION: DllSelfRegister: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\msadox.dll"
ACTION: ShellLink: "Mosaic MapViewer", "Mosaic MapViewer"
ACTION: RegKey: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion", "App Paths\MapViewer.exe"
ACTION: RegValue: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\MapViewer.exe", ""

*** ERROR: Path/File access error
*** ERROR: An unexpected setup error has occurred!
*** ERROR: (User Responded with 'Cancel')


Question by:dhilldj
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    Expert Comment

    Not sure if it will help,but have you tried installing the developer SP as stated in this article:
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    by:Shiju Sasidharan

    Check whether u have administrative permission to install the software


    Author Comment


    I read this article recently.  It is exactly my problem but I'm not installing on 98 or ME.  Guess I should try it anyway.


    I'm admin on the machine


    Author Comment


    I have XP Pro OS.  What is Office XP Developer?  Don't think this is gonna work for me.

    IMPORTANT: To install this service pack, you must install Office XP Developer before you install Office XP Developer SP-1. You must also have access to the original Office XP Developer CDs or to the network from which you installed Office XP Developer.

    NOTE: After you install this service pack, you cannot uninstall it.


    Author Comment

    Oh I see, I MAYBE need to buy a special version of Office to be able to deploy a VB project built on XP Pro.  How wonderful.


    Author Comment

    Guess its time to dump P+D and try out InnoSetup.  
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    I used to use PDW and got nothing but complaints from my clients - especially when they moved to Windows XP.
    I would definately recommend using INNO if you can.
    Also remember to download some of the 3rd party tools from the INNO site (they make it much easier to create a script) and visit the FAQ secion - there is a FAQ specifically for VB applications with INNO.

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    I think the setup tries to write back to the directory that it is run from; this will cause your problem as, obviously, the CD is read only (duh).

    Look through the code for Setup1.exe (C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\VB98\Wizards\PDWizard\Setup1)
    and amend accordingly


    Author Comment


    Seems like a bad thing for a deployment package to be doing!  But, your explanation does make sense with the behavior I'm experiencing - therefore will accept it and remember it if ever forced to use this sw again.  But don't have time to test as I moved to using InnoSetup.  Its da bomb.

    For those of you searching for an answer concerning anything erroneous concerning VB 6.0 P+D Wizard.  Cut your losses now and download InnoSetup, InnoScript and any other appealing add-ins.  You will then have time to work on your app instead of your install.


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