setup of Visual Studio 6 on Vista x64

Hi all,

I'm tring to install Visual Studio 6 on a Windows Vista Business x64 machine, after the first setup windows I get the following error (it is translated from italian language, in the attached screenshot the original error popup)::

Incompatibility with 64 bit versions of Windows. Unable to start the program "\??\D:\Visual Studio 6\CD1\acmboot.exe". For information about the availability of a compatible version with Windows 64 bit, ask to the software vendor.

I've tried to copy the content of the cd into the HD and change the compatibility level of the setup program but nothing changes.

Thank you for you replies.

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Only vb6 is supported on Windows Vista. I dont think any products from VS6 suite are supported. You have install VS2005 SP1 to support VB6 on Vista.

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mizarTorinoAuthor Commented:
Searching in internet for more info I found a solution. Here how it works:

There are some problems tring to install VB6 on a machine with Win XP 64 bit because some setup files are not compatible with 64 bit systems. To solve this problem there are some steps to follow:

1. copy the content of the setup CD to the HD
2. copy the file SETUP\VS98ENT.STF (the file name changes in different editions, check for files VS98???.STF) and rename the copy in ACMSETUP.STF
3. copy the entire content of the SETUP folder in the parent folder (the folder that contains the file acmboot.exe)
 4. start the executable file acost.exe and change the file acmsetup.stf selecting the desired setup options
5. start the executable file acmsetup.exe directly from the folder where it is
6. wait for the setup to end

(solution translated from this link:

With this procedure I have successfully installed Visual C++ 6.0 on my Vista x64 Business system.


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Joe RudSystems AdministratorCommented:
I don't know the differences in versions,  however, you can install Visual Studio 2010 express edition on x64 machines.
Visual Studio V6 is only supported on Windows XP, it is not supported on Vista x32 or x64.
If you still need to use a Visual Studio V6 IDE within a Vista x64 environment, then do what I did.
Install Microsoft Virtual PC
create a virtual machine and install Windows XP on it.
within this new virtual machine, you can install Visual Studio 6 and al the SDKs and libraries that wiork with this version of VS.
Works like a charm.

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