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NanoVB6 - A fully portable VB6 version (only ~5MB!)

Submitted on: 2/21/2015 5:50:00 AM
By: c0rt3x (from psc cd)  
Level: Intermediate
User Rating: By 9 Users
Compatibility: VB 6.0
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     NanoVB6 is a very compact VB6 version which is smaller than 5 MB when compressed. It is furthermore fully portable - so that it can be run from a usb stick or on BartPE.

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9/8/2015 10:20:03 AMKeith

I've only just tried NanoVB6 out but it all seems to work great.
I've been using the portable VB6 "portabilized" by Adilou for some years, but yours avoids the awkward startup screen.
Also the Adilou one makes a new VB6 folder every time you start it up, so if you make a list box for example, its path is very long-winded and different every time. Every now and again you have clean out all the spurious folders! Yours just runs in the folder it's stored in like the original VB6.
NanoVB also found the list of previous VB6 projects I'd been working on and opened them no trouble!
The biggest drag is that, like the Adilou version, there's no Help file. Any chance of scoring a copy of that?
I don't want to knock the Adilou effort; I've done an awful lot of good work with just that, but yours will make things a LOT easier. Thanks!

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3/14/2016 2:44:47 PMJan

I tried nanoVB6 on applications running on Win 7/64 OS with excellent results.

I have tried it also with a few apps running on Win XP and the results are different. I am able to run the apps in the IDE just fine, but the Make App.exe is always grey-ed out, so I am not able to compile after I make a change get an executable.

Normally when you select Project>Properties from the main menu it opens a window with 5 tabs: General, Make, Compile, Component and Debugging. nanoVB6 in XP shows only the General tab.

Is there somebody that has better results with nanoVB running XP, or maybe someone has a suggestion?
It would be very much appreciated since I have more than 60 applications under XP that I support and nanoVB6 would improve our troubleshooting and making small changes way less complicated.

Thanks for a beneficial tool that makes my life supporting VB6 apps on Win 7 already a lot better.

If nanoVB6 could do a similar job on Win XP that would be fantastic!

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4/2/2016 2:09:56 AMMatt

Awesome! Before I used thinapp to accomplish this but was less than satisfactory. Only issue I had with this is that it still doesn't work on computers without admin access because of the COM dlls that it uses and tries to register. I found that can be fixed by doing regfree com using manifest files.... it's a little trick but I was able to do it with a tool called ' Side by Side Manifest Maker ' and it solves the issue.
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1/23/2017 2:50:00 AMnoel

Hi Matt, please give me some tips in using side by side manifest. My OS is win8.1 64bit, I have a problem in registering DLL and even OCX file.

Thank you!

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