Legacy maintanance

I find myself maintaining two rather large legacy programs that I wrote years ago under XP in VB6. Two sporting clubs depend on it. I’ve repeatedly advised them to find somebody fluent in modern computer languages to re-write these things. I’m 84 going on 85, and simply don’t have the ambition.

Question: I’ve been advised that the VB6 development suite will not run on Win 7, and newer OS’s. I’m curious. Why exactly is that the case?
Norma PosyPhysicistAsked:
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Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
I don't believe that's true. Please see this article, particularly the section on The Visual Basic 6.0 IDE. I know that VB6 apps will work (with some problems) on newer operating systems but I have no experience developing them on anything but XP.

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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
I currently work (supporting)with legacy apps written under Vb6...and Windows 10...they work just fune..they even utilize ActiveX controls...they only issue is to register the correct Dlls
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Most of this stuff works in Windows 7. Windows 10 is changing and upgrading every 6 months, so you would have to check and see if they continue to run - make changes if not.  There is no guarantee VB6 will continue to work as Windows 10 advances.

Given your first post, tell the clubs support ends June 30, 2018 and they must make new arrangements by then.
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Norma PosyPhysicistAuthor Commented:
Thank you all. Hard to pick best reply. Reason why I asked:

Getting ready to ship this package, with updates, at start of new year. And my old XP machine died. The programs do run on Win7, though I had to have the installer register one OCX file. My concern was the VB6 development suite itself. Somebody told me it would not run on Win 7. Apparently, that is not the case.

Way back in the beginning, I spent the bucks to buy the entire set of VB6 CDs. I am thinking of getting another external hard drive and reinstalling the package there. Then trying it out on my Win7 machine.

Yes, I told these folks to get off the dime and seriously look into modernizing. Some day, all this old stuff will really die, as will I.

Happy New Year -- Norma
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well. I wish you the best as I am aging as well (and so are others). Please keep active and we can help whenever you need.
Martin LissOlder than dirtCommented:
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