Visual Basic Runtimes

Most of my Power Tools are written in a computer programming language known as Visual Basic (or just "VB"). This language is easy to learn, and allows you to create Windows programs quickly. Over the years it's become one of the most popular programming languages in the world.

Before you can install or run a program written in Visual Basic, you must first install the "Visual Basic Runtime". A runtime need only be installed once. Its files are then shared by every VB program you install.

Currently, there are four versions of the VB runtime, one for each release of the VB programming language. The version of the runtime you should install depends on the version of the VB language used to write the VB program you want to run. For example, to run a program written in VB v6.0, you must install the Visual Basic Runtime v6.0. If you are unsure which runtime version you need, you may download and install all four. That way you'll be ready for any VB program you might try in the future!

Note: Currently, all of Karen's Power Tools require the Visual Basic 6.0 runtime. It is the only runtime needed by her programs, and must be installed first if you're using an old version of Windows, older than 10 and 11.

For more information about Visual Basic, visit Microsoft's VB web site.



For VB Runtime versions 6.0, 5.0 and 4.0: Download the runtime installation program (vbrun60-setup.exe, VBRUN50.exe or VBRUN40.exe) to a temporary directory. Then execute the installation program by double-clicking its icon, or typing its name at the command line of a DOS box.

For VB Runtime version 3: Download the runtime archive program (vbrun30.exe) to a temporary directory. Execute the installation program by double-clicking its icon, or typing its name at the command line of a DOS box. Finally, copy the VBRUN300.DLL file this creates from the temporary directory to your \Windows\System directory.

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