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Can we install and use VC6 in Win7?
Posted 29-Jun-10 20:52pm
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Edited 29-Jun-10 20:54pm
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Solution 1

Apparently not : http://www.groupsrv.com/dotnet/about286385.html[^]
 
Try a VM to install and run it.
 
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Gordon Brandly at 30-Jun-10 19:20pm
   
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Solution 2

Judging by the fun I had getting VC++ 2003 onto a Windows 7 machine I wouldn't even bother trying VC++6. If you really need it VC++6 does install in Windows XP mode and works fine there. As does VC++ 1.52c if VC++6 isn't retro enough.
 
However this masks another question... Why do you need a 12 year old compiler when the same manufacturer makes three (2003, 2005 and 2008) that actually have a go at complying to the C++98 standard and another (2010) that's having a crack at some C++0x features? And these compilers are available with free versions.
 
So unless you've got a pile of old source code that won't work on a more modern compiler (and even then think about porting it first, it'll be better in the long run) then think about using a newer bucket of bits to build your software on.
 
Cheers,
 
Ash
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TSchind at 1-Jul-10 3:45am
   
Approved your comment!
Problem: VC10 does not support Win2000.
 
What do I, when I must maintain software for Win2000 platforms?
Soft- and Hardware lifetime for insustrial applications is (here) about 15-20 years.
That's why we still need VC6 on Win7!

In WinXP it was without problems to develop Win2000 software with VC6, also remote debugging form XP to Win2000 worked like a charm.
 
XP-Mode: Has someone already worked with VC6 in Win7? (not only installed VC6)
 
Tom
Aescleal at 2-Jul-10 4:08am
   
VC2008 supports win2k - until a couple of weeks back I've been supporting win2k, XP, Vista and Windows 7 with no major problems. I can't comment on the remote debugger as I don't use debuggers much but three years ago I had no problem configuring a remote debugging session between virtual machines (win2k was running the code to be debugged) on VC2005.
 
As I mentioned in the answer I've got a copy of VC6 installed under Windows XP mode on Windows 7 and it works fine. I keep it in case some crusty old code emerges that I need to maintain. First I usually do though after verifying it builds and runs under VC6 is move it to 2010. Again I'm not sure about remote debugging but I don't use it.
 
Cheers,
 
Ash
TSchind at 5-Jul-10 8:08am
   
Reason for my vote of 5
he's desribed and used it this way

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