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Visual Basic 6 Compatibility with Windows 7

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VB6 gives a compatibility warning during installation in Windows 7.  In prior editions of Windows (XP, Vista?), this same warning was displayed, but I researched it and learned that it really wasn't a problem.  Is this still the same situation under Windows 7?  VB6 seems to work fine in Windows 7, and Microsoft's odd compatibility center indicates it is compatible, as well.  [The trouble with their compatibility center is, it seems to indicate compatibility based on user opinion rather than facts published by Microsoft.  I don't understand it.]

I'd appreciate any feedback.
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Some people have made it work but it is no longer supported and other people have compatibility issues. If you can either tweak your application or just ignore the error, then you should not have any problem.  I did not install VB6 on my Vista, Windows 7 or now Windows 8 machines.

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Yes, we're using it -  writing code, compiling, etc. with no problem.
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Given that VB6 is old, out of support, and has no guaranty of compatibility with Windows 7, then if you are using it and it works, that is all you can ask.

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Do you understand the Microsoft compatibility center where it says VB6 is compatible?  I don't get it. It's as though Microsoft says it's compatible, and users cast votes to indicate that they agree or disagree.
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According to Microsoft, it is compatible.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/ms788708.aspx

But people have written applications that work and applications that do not work. Note in the article that there unsupported runtime files.

So I am saying only that if your application works, that is great. Just that there is no guaranty.

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I wanted to check the most recent VB6 runtime.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290887

I downloaded VB6 SP6 in 2004, so it is indeed old!

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It sure is!!
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Thanks again.
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I really appreciate your help.
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@cmmcginn - You are most welcome and I was pleased to help you with this.

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It would be good if you don't delete asked question in a few minutes after its posting.

Thanks.
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