Visual Basic 6 Executable does not run on some XP machines

I have been developing a Visual Basic 6 program for about 7 years.
I had compiled a new version yesterday and had installed it on several computers which have had the previous version running successfully.

I now have 2 computers that this executable will not run.
I have uninstalled my program and have repackaged it and reinstalled it but still will not run.
I find that if I rename the program it runs fine on these 2 machines but will not run once I rename it back to the original name.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you
msilkaAsked:
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msilkaConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Mystery has been solved!

These machines are the oldest ones in the company.
I checked out the program directory in the program files directory and found a manifest file.
Once I removed that file the program ran!!
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grayeCommented:
Spooky....   So, what's the name of the program?
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msilkaAuthor Commented:
Nothing that should bring up red flags.

It's an inventory management program: HIDI2002.exe
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grayeCommented:
So, you don't have any software restriction policies in a GPO (I'd assume not... since otherwise you would have looked there first!)
I'd check the virus logs to see if somehow that application got flagged on those 2 PCs
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msilkaAuthor Commented:
I did check the virus logs and nothing was quarantined nor restricted.
I also ran antivirus and malware checks and everything is fine.
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grayeCommented:
So, what kind of error message (or event log entry) do you get when you try to lauch the application?
I'd also consider re-installing the VB6 SP6 runtime files on those 2 PCs :http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290887
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msilkaAuthor Commented:
I have uninstalled and reinstalled the app.
No error messages are recorded when the app runs.
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grayeCommented:
I wasn't talking about re-installing the application.... I was suggesting that you re-install the VB6 Runtime files
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msilkaAuthor Commented:
Aren't the vb Runtime files installed when you run the package and deployment?
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grayeCommented:
No, not really... (well, kinda... but it's not the entire runtime package)
Besides, I figured by now you'd be up to the idea of swinging a dead chicken counterclockwise over the possessed PCs :)
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msilkaAuthor Commented:
I had thought of the dead chicken idea but was more partial to the idea of dropping a holstein cow onto the computers.
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grayeCommented:
Oh, are they Gateway computers?
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msilkaAuthor Commented:
Ha!  No they aren't.
I did happen to try the compatibility mode and changed it to Win 2000 and it worked but why does it happen on just those 2 pcs?  Both are Win XP with SP3 on them.  I made sure they were updated to the latest Microsoft patches.

It is boggling my mind!
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