Installing vb6 exe on Windows 8.1

I am trying to do this and it appears that it is missing comdlg32.ocx "or one of it's dependencies" or is not correctly registered.  ("a file is missing or invalid.")  Anyone know of a solution for this?
Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAsked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
found a blog on msdn stating that you need to unselect the data access components during installation (having the same error you have)
some stated it works fine in windows 8 but 8.1 vb6 crashes
Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
That is what i heard as well but I may have not been clear.  I am trying to avoid installing vb6 itself.  I just want to install an exe that I created in vb6.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
VB6 is dead and gone. If your application won't work in Windows 8.1, it probably is not going to.
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Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
I don't disagree with your initial premise but you haven't answered my question.  I am under the assumption that vb6 does work on Windows 8.1 and, for now, I need that to happen.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am under the assumption that vb6 does work on Windows 8.1  <-- It only works by luck and not by any design. It is not supported and if it does not run for your application, nothing can be done.

Best approach:  Make an XP virtual machine for your Windows 8.1 (and soon Windows 10) environment and run VB6 and the application in XP. That will work.
Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  It turns out that the missing files and dependencies are installed by installing vb6, even though I don't need vb6 itself on this machine.  All is good now.

I realize that I need to "get away" from this application that I have created and we are moving in that direction, but for now I need to try to make it work because we need to buy another machine now and it does not make sense to buy one with Win7 at this point.  So making my application work on a Win8.1 machine gives me time to move away from that app.

Since I solved my own problem, how do I award points?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In this case, select your own answer as the solution.  I am glad you got it working and mother luck played in your favour here.
Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
Was able to figure it out myself.
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