Install Microsoft Visual Studio on Virtual PC

Posted on 2010-09-04
Last Modified: 2013-11-23
So I have a very old version of Microsoft Visual Studio from many years ago when I worked for a development company.  I'd like to pull it out and knock the dust off but it naturally isn't compatible with Vista.  I'd like to install it on a Virtual PC 2007 Console I have, but when I try to run the setup from the virtual pc I get these errors:

Setup Error 530
This is an invalid command line option:

The next screen says:
Setup - Usage
setup [/A] [/G filename] [/Q[0|1|T]] [/R] [/U[A]] [/X filename] [/Y]
/A Administrator mode
/G filename Generate logfile of installation activity
/Q[0|1|T] Quiet install mode (0 shows exit, 1 hides exit, T hides all display)
/R Reinstall the application
/U[A] Uninstall the application but leave shared components (/UA to remove all)
/X filename Set Network Log Location for tracking install instances
/Y Install without copying files

I attempted the install by clicking the Setup.exe file in the main folder of the installation CD.  
Maybe some type of command line install would work better?
Maybe it's not even possible to install this on this Virtual PC?
Question by:theclay
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Based on your usage desire, you would be just as far ahead to download the free version of VS 2010. It works perfectly on Windows 7, so I am sure it will work in Vista.

If you really need to use the old version you have, consider using VMware and a virtual machine guest matched to that version. XP supports most older products, but you may need an even earlier guest OS.

Best recommendation here: VS 2010 Free version. .... Thinkpads_User

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I'm still doing some searching but I'm finding several trial versions of 2010 that are good for 90 days.  Is there a free version that's indefinite?  Can you reinstall the trial version for another 90 days?  Can you give me a link to a full free version that doesn't expire.

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OK. I found this:  I assume that's what you're talking about?
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Look here:

and you can get the free versions. So far as I know, the licensing does not expire. I had to install Visual Basic and Visual C separately. ... Thinkpads_User
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Yes, you found the link while I was looking. ... Thinkpads_User

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I'm working on installing it now.  I'm seeing; though, that MFC is not included.  Will MFC work if you download the MFC100.dll file?
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Install the Help for the Visual Studio product you are using and then search on MFC. There is information there and it might give you what you need. ... Thinkpads_User
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Thank you. I was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User

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