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Cannot Create Simple 32-Bit COM Component on 64-Bit Windows

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Hi.  I have an ATL/MFC COM simple object written in Visual C++ 6.0.  This COM object has a single method, Test(), that simply calls the MFC MessageBox() method to display a "hello world" message.

I am trying to use this COM object on 64-bit Windows 7.  I put the file for this COM object, TestLibrary.dll, into the SysWOW64 folder and ran as an administrator the command "regsvr32 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\TestLibrary.dll", which resulted in the following message: "DllRegisterServer in C:\Windows\SysWOW64\TestLibrary.dll succeeded."   When I try to create the COM object, for example in Microsoft Excel, however, I get the following error message: "Run-time error '429': ActiveX component can't create object."  Do you have any ideas as to why I cannot create the COM object on 64-bit Windows?  It works flawlessly on 32-bit Windows.

Thank you.
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If you are using the 64-bit version of Excel, you will have problems communicating with many 32-bit dlls. This is why Office usually installs the 32-bit version by default, even on 64-bit computer.

This is not a problem with Office, this is a normal problem with 64 bit applications, that use values that are too big for 32-bit dlls and applications.
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There is a little caveat with 'regsvr32.exe' on Win64 - the you need to specify the FULL path when calling it to register 32bit DLLs, i.e.

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\regsvr32.exe C:\Windows\SysWOW64\TestLibrary.dll

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BTW, 'C:\Windows\SysWOW64\regsvr32.exe' might not be the accurate full path to that executable, this is a 32 bit laptop 'm posting from and I can't verify this therefore, but  am sure you'll find out the right one :o)
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