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I am maintaining a few rather large legacy programs written in VB6 running under XP. My new machine OS is Win7. I have kept my old XP machine for use in maintaining these VP6 programs. (The XP machine runs strictly off line, so I do not worry about security.)

It is a nuisance to transfer all the devices from one machine to the other. Mouse, Keyboard, Printer, etc. I'm thinking of installing VB6 on my Win7 machine to avoid all that hassle.

Question: Are there any issues I should know about running VB6 under Win7? I'm aware of the OCX problems. My question pertains to running the VB6 development suite itself.

I have an external USB hard drive with plenty of room on it. I could fire up my old XP machine and simply copy the existing VB6 studio suite to the external drive. Then it will be there when I plug the external drive into the Win7 machine.

Question: Would it be better to make a fresh install under Win7? (I have all the VB6 CDs.)
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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the compilation of the VB6, if it refers to "old" OCX, may not run on non-win7 machines...

for avoiding the switching of the devices, you could consider a device switch like this one:
http://www.gdsys.de/en/products/kvm-switches/

or to "move" the XP machine to a virtual machine (maybe you have VM in your enterprise?)
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I still use VB6 to maintain many of my old programs.. and i have workstations here at work with windows xp, windows 7, and windows 8.. they all run vb6 successfully!  you have to make a fresh install from the cds though!

the only thing that you can't do from a windows 7 pc is distribute a software and make it work on older versions (xp) however software compiled on xp, works successfully on future versions. (of course there are ways to make them work by downgrading the main ocx components on your windows 7 installations, but i personally don't recommend that)

one last note, you have to make sure if you have any third party components that you have purchased for xp, if they also can be installed on windows 7..

hope this helps!
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by:Éric Moreau
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If you want to avoid any risks, you can run VB6 on a XP VM on your Windows 7 computer.
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Thank you.
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