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How to make VC6 look a little more XP
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Introduction

By default Microsoft Visual C++ V6 when running under Windows XP manages a half-hearted XP look. In theory it shouldn't really have any XP look, but somehow bits seem to acquire it by magic.

So, I decided if I could make all (or most) of VC appear in the new look. And overall, I have. Note the correct scrollbars, search combobox, and dialog box controls

VC WinXP

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As many of you will know, the way to make a program XP aware is to include a manifest resource in each .EXE or .DLL, but another way to achieve this is merely to add a manifest file to the same directory as the program (or DLL) named exactly the same as the file, but with .manifest appended to it.

e.g.
	Program Filename		Manifest Filename
	----------------		----------------------
	myprogram.exe		myprogram.exe.manifest
	mysupport.dll		mysupport.dll.manifest
	

The manifest file I have used is fairly standard:

&lt?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?&gt 
&ltassembly 
   xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" 
   manifestVersion="1.0"&gt
	&ltassemblyIdentity 
    processorArchitecture="x86" 
    version="5.1.0.0"
    type="win32"
    name="test.exe"/&gt
    &ltdescription&gtTest Application&lt/description&gt
    &ltdependency&gt
    &ltdependentAssembly&gt
    &ltassemblyIdentity
         type="win32"
         name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls"
         version="6.0.0.0"
         publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df"
         language="*"
         processorArchitecture="x86"/&gt
    &lt/dependentAssembly&gt
    &lt/dependency&gt
&lt/assembly&gt

The only thing left to do is explain how to make it work!

Download the VC-XP_src.zip file (at the top of the page) and extract it to:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\Common\MSDev98\Bin
of course you may need to change this if you didn't install VC to the default directory/drive. Then, the next time you run VC (MSDEV.EXE), you will get the new look.

Of course, this doesn't actually give any extra features or benefits, it just looks nicer.

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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralXP look for VC++ projects Pinmemberansif_pi29-Apr-08 19:35 
QuestionIt's requiered Windows XP? Pinmemberaccarvajal22-Jul-04 12:08 
AnswerRe: It's requiered Windows XP? PinmemberChanwoo23-Jul-04 15:59 
GeneralRichEdit Trouble Pinmemberwswartzendruber26-Oct-03 13:49 
GeneralMistake Pinmemberwswartzendruber26-Oct-03 14:03 
GeneralRe: Mistake PinsussAnonymous26-Oct-03 14:31 
GeneralRe: Mistake Pinmemberwswartzendruber26-Oct-03 22:42 
GeneralRe: Mistake PinmemberSreekanth Muralidharan21-Dec-05 1:49 
Generalnot 100% relevant but, Pinmembersharlila26-Jun-03 8:40 
GeneralSigh PinmemberLordDelacroix12-Mar-03 8:35 
GeneralRe: Sigh Pinmembersoundman3212-Mar-03 21:26 
GeneralNo Luck on my side Pinmemberjunni30-Dec-02 19:13 
GeneralRe: No Luck on my side PineditorJames T. Johnson30-Dec-02 19:27 
GeneralVC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinmemberAlan Wen24-Dec-02 20:13 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinmemberNeville Franks24-Dec-02 21:00 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinmemberAlan Wen24-Dec-02 21:26 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinmemberBernd Runges10-Jun-04 12:52 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinmemberAlan Wen13-Jun-04 15:26 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pinmemberehaerim7-Sep-09 10:59 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinmemberAlan Wen7-Sep-09 15:34 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pinmemberehaerim7-Sep-09 21:26 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinmemberAlan Wen8-Sep-09 13:39 
GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP PinsussAlan Balkany16-Jun-04 4:02 
GeneralExtremely Cool PinmemberChris Coble23-Dec-02 10:48 
Generalexactly what I did PinmemberPaolo Messina23-Dec-02 7:33 
GeneralRe: exactly what I did PinsitebuilderUwe Keim23-Dec-02 18:48 
GeneralRe: exactly what I did PinmemberPaolo Messina24-Dec-02 6:37 
GeneralSimple yet Cool PinmemberNorm Almond23-Dec-02 6:30 
GeneralRe: Simple yet Cool PinmemberAnna-Jayne Metcalfe6-Jan-03 1:04 
GeneralI *like* it... PinmemberJ.G. Hattingh23-Dec-02 4:26 

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