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Why I am having this error installing Visual Basic Enterprise

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I am trying to install visual basic 6 enterprise  on a windows 8.0 professional  32 bit environment

After the box requesting for the location to install the product i get the error attached

Please note that I have installed the same file so many times before.

The only difference now is that i just reinstalled the operating system
on my PC  from windows 7  to  8 professional

I have never before being prompted about a 16 bit component and I am not
in a 16 bit environment

What could be happening and what do i need to do

Thanks
Error-Screen-Installing-Visual-basi.docx
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Question by:Olukay
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by:Éric Moreau
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VB is 18 years old!

Are you running the installation as administrator? Also run it with the compatibility mode of XP
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by:Martin Liss
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Did you wipe the disk or anything like that when going from Windows 7 to 8? If nit your VB6 should still be there.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Don't underestimate how much Windows has changed from the XP it was put on the CD to install to.
The installer now has UAC, changes in shared file paths and added security settings to contend with.
At the very least you'll need XP compatibility.
Here's the recipe to get VB cooking again!
http://www.fortypoundhead.com/showcontent.asp?artid=20502
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by:Olukay
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Done  everything  in the write up and still got the same error.

I have done the following:

Formated my Harddisk to ensure a clean install  of windows 8.0 professional  32 bit

Turned off  U.A.C

Created a zero byte file msjava.dll in c:\windows

Installed and registered  dx7vb.dll

Installed VB6 Common controls

On setup.exe ticked run in xp SP3 compartibility mode

Finally  ran the setup.exe as  administrator

And then I got the error  below

acmboot.exe-error.PNG
Why is the application trying to run a 16bit acmboot.exe in a 32 bit environment

What do you suggest i try next

Thanks

O.A.  Oluwole
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by:Martin Liss
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Do you have the VB6 two-disk CD set? Did you install VB6 by inserting Disk 1?
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by:Olukay
ID: 41726788
The actual error was:

Error Launching c:vbrar\vb\acmboot.exe
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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As you've got Windows 8.0 there's probably an additional hurdle to cross
http://www.tothepc.com/archives/enable-16-bit-app-support-windows-8/


BTW acmboot.exe - is a 16bit app - it's the bootloader for VB Setup
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by:Olukay
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Thanks very much

But I Cant find the 16 bit application support icon

See my control panel items attached

Control-Panel-Items--24-07-2016.PNG
Is my icon hidden somewhere

Regards

Oluwole
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Try - Add features to Windows 8
See if you have an option for Legacy Components > NTVDM  & if so check it.
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by:Olukay
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Thanks very much
I just searched for 16 bit while the control panel small icons folder and it brought
the app  up.

So Vb6 is installed
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by:Olukay
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Great support.
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