Visual Basic 6.0 Installation Guide

In this lesson, you will learn about installing visual basic 6.0 installation for enterprise edition on your computer.


For the purpose of this lesson, we will use windows 7 64-bit. This guide is for a beginner of visual basic 6.0 programming to get them started.You will need the installation disk for visual basic 6.0 enterprise edition.

Installation Requirements

Before installation, you could check for installation requirements as given below. These are based on visual basic .net software installation requirement which is more or less same for visual basic 6.

RequirementsHardware/Software Components
ProcessorPentium-III or above, 600 MHz
RAM256 MB or above
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, XP, Vista, 2003 server or Windows 7 (both 64-bit or 32-bit )
Disk Space900 MB
Video800 x 600, 256 color resolution minimum
CD DriveIf you are using CD drive for installation

Visual Basic 6.0 Setup

You can now start the installation and each step of installation is shown below, so that there is no surprises. When you start the Visual Basic 6 setup, the installation wizard pops up.

Visual Basic 6.0 Installation Wizard
Visual Basic 6.0 Installation Wizard

The setup will walk you through the steps to installation. At each step, you will have to provide some information. Click Next to start the installation process.

Visual Basic Installation - End User License Agreement
Visual Basic Installation – End User License Agreement

In the next screen, select “I accept the agreement” for the end-user license agreement, people never read the license, but you should read it quickly as it contains some information about the usage of this software product and then click Next again.

Enter Product Number and User ID
Enter Product Number and User ID

You can now enter the product number and a user id on the next screen. The product number is supplied with the installation disk or written on the disk. The username can be a personal name or an institution name if you are from an institution that has provided you with the software.

Click Next to continue to the next screen.

Visual Basic 6.0 Installation Guide - Custom Server Setup Options
Visual Basic 6.0 Installation Guide – Custom Server Setup Options

Now you are provided with two options.

  1. Install Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition
  2. Server Applications

The first option installs everything and do not leave an option to choose what you want to install. Whereas, the second option gives you individual application or tools you can choose to install.

Select “Install Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition” and click Next to continue.

Choose an Install Folder
Choose an Install Folder

Visual Basic 6.0 setup automatically selects the default installation directory under “Program Files”, however, if you want to change the default installation directory then you can do it now. Then click Next to continue.

Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Setup
Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Setup

Now you get the Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Setup screen, this is the setup which will install VB 6 on your computer. If you are satisfied with inputs provided on previous screens, click Continue.

Product ID Window
Product ID Window

You product ID will be displayed on this screen and it’s just an information before the installation, you can click “OK”.

Setup Searching for Installed Components
Setup Searching for Installed Components

The setup now looks for installed component if any before it starts with the installation.

Select Typical Installation
Select Typical Installation

In the next screen, the actual VB 6 installation begins. Here setup gives you two choices.

  1. Typical Installation
  2. Custom

The typical components are the essential components of visual basic 6 software. It does not contain features that extends the functionality of visual basic 6 software.

The custom option gives you a chance to select exactly what you want. But you must be an advanced VB programmer to be able to do that. Select “Typical” and begin the installation.

Click YES for Source Safe Database Format
Click YES for Source Safe Database Format

Sometimes, the setup will ask you to select the visual source safe database, instead of the old database. Click yes and continue with the installation.

At this point, the setup starts installing your file which may take some time, depending on your computer.

Setup Installing Files - Visual Basic 6.0 Installation Guide
Setup Installing Files – Visual Basic 6.0 Installation Guide

After setup completes, you have to restart the computer to finish the installation.

Click on Restart on the next screen.

Restart Windows
Restart Windows

It will take a few minutes to complete the installation. When your computer is restarted and you have logged in successfully.

Exit Installation
Exit Installation

You will see the setup wizard, prompting to install MSDN library. It is nothing but documentation that you view online about Visual Studio 6.0. You can stop the installation by clicking “Exit”.

It is time to verify the Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise edition installation. So go to start menu and click All Programs.

Confirm Installation
Confirm Installation

If you see the Visual Basic 6.0 directory entries in the start menu than it is installed successfully.

Common Issues

We have made a list of common issues with installing visual basic 6.0 on a windows computer.

  1. Program Compatibility
  2. Not enough disk space
  3. Very Low Screen Resolution
  4. Missing files

The most common issue with installing visual basic 6 on modern windows PC like windows 7 or 8 is program compatibility.

To resolve this issue, go to visual basic setup.exe file and right click and select properties.

Visual Basic 6.0 Setup.exe - go to properties
Visual Basic 6.0 Setup.exe – go to properties

Once you opened the properties window, select the Compatibility tab and change the compatibility mode. You can change it to Windows XP sp3. The software will run as if it is running on windows XP sp3 operating system.


You must also change the administrative control, select “Run this program as an administrator” and click OK.

The second problem you face during installation is “Not enough disk space message” and a disk is due to many reasons. You may have too much junk files under the windows temp folder or there may be less disk space on your computer.


Go to Run dialog on your computer, type %temp% and click OK. You will see the windows as shown below with a lot of temporary files. You must delete all of these files immediately.

Note: Take a careful look at these files and if you find that something is important. Do not delete unless you have a backup.

The next problem is with the screen resolution. If you have a very low resolution it will not stop the installation, but the screen appears blurry and every item will be larger than necessary.

Lastly, the most common problem with visual basic 6 installations is “Missing Dll error” files. If you get those messages, you must download those files from internet and paste them in their respective locations or visit MSDN support forum and post your queries.


Microsoft. n.d. Visual Studio .NET Hardware Requirements. Accessed 5 4, 2018.


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