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How to open an executable from a button within a VB Appl

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I'm sure this is quite simple, but in my quick searches, I can't find a solution.

I am new to Visual Basic, although I'm proficient with VBA within MS Access.

I am attempting to create a very small VB program that opens a small window with some verbiage and a button.  The button should simply open up an executable application on the user's PC.

I already have the form (project) created and a button, but I can't figure out the VB code to perform this simple action.

The file is: C:\QMIS\QmisUI.exe

Thanks!
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Shell

try Shell "C:\QMIS\QmisUI.exe"
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' normal size and gives it the focus.
Dim RetVal
RetVal = Shell("C:\WINDOWS\CALC.EXE", 1)   ' Run Calculator.

Here is a better exmaple.
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The regular shell will launch your program and continue on with the codes in your VB6. This API will launch your program and wait until that program is close then continue on with the codes in VB6.

http://freevbcode.com/ShowCode.Asp?ID=3441
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by:bkapla1
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Hmmm... still didn't work, I even tried your specific example of the calc.

The error is SecurityException was unhandled.... Request for permission of type 'System.Security.Permissions.SecurityPermission, mscorlib, Version 2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089 failed

I literally just installed VisualStudio express onto my PC this morning, so this is also the first time I've used it.
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LOL, you may want to post your question in vb.net. The code I gave you is for VB.

Someone who knows VB.net may come along but you need to post your question there for better help.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Dot_Net/VB_DOT_NET/
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Ahh... maybe that's the ticket... too many "types" of VB out there

I actually don't care what type of application it is as my goal is to simply have a quick and easy application on the user's desktop that will perform this function.

If I want to use straight VB vs. VB.net, how to I create a VB application (what development tool do I need to do this)?
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You cannot buy VB6 anymore because it’s an old language and VB.Net is the next generation.  You already have Visual Studio express (free right) so you’re best bet is to start from there not the old language because it is different in many ways.
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Ok, I'll keep trying.

Thanks for your help and clarification that Visual Studio uses VB.Net, not just VB... I'll get it straight!!

I'll give you the points for pointing me in the right direction!

Thanks!
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