How to Create an Installer For Your VB6 Program

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Once you have finished designing, coding and testing your Visual Basic program, you will need a way to distribute the application to your customers or workstations on your network. Visual Basic 6 allows you to create an installer using its native Package and Deployment Wizard. Learn the basic steps for creating a professional-quality installer for your VB6 program.

Things You'll Need

  • Visual Basic 6 installed
  • Open your Visual Basic program. You can browse the folder containing the files for the VB project and click on the file with the ".vbp" extension to open it. Alternately, you can open the project by loading the Visual Basic 6 environment and clicking "File" and then "Open Project" from the top toolbar.

  • Load the "Add-In Manager" by clicking "Add-Ins," then "Add-In Manager" and "Package and Deployment Wizard" from the menu. Click the check box next to the "Loaded/Unloaded" option. You will need it to build the installation package for your program. Click "OK" to close this window.

  • Go back to the menu and click "Add-Ins." Select "Package and Deployment Wizard." When prompted to save your Visual Basic project, click "Yes."

  • Click the "Package" button. This option allows you to create a setup program for your project.

  • Click "Yes" to recompile your VB program. Depending on the size of the application, the compilation process may take several minutes.

  • Choose the type of setup you want to create. Select "Standard Setup Package" under "Package type." This option will allow you to create a package that will be installed by a setup.exe program. Click "Next" to continue.

  • Select the folder where you want the setup package to be assembled. Click "Next" to continue.

  • Choose the available drivers you want to include in the installer. Use the arrow buttons to add or remove drivers from the list. Click "Next" to continue.

  • Check the options to add missing dependencies information and click "OK."

  • Click "Add" to add additional files to your installer such as a database file or report files. Click "Next" to proceed.

  • Click "Single" for the cab option, then click "Next".

  • Enter a title for your installer. This title will display when the setup program is run. Click "Next" to continue.

  • Configure the creation of start menu groups and items during the installation process. Click "Next" to proceed.

  • Change the install locations of the files you added, if desired. Click "Next" to continue.

  • Check the files that you want to be shared during installation. Click "Next".

  • Click the "Finish" button to complete the installation package.

  • Copy the installer application to a disc or flash drive. Your Visual Basic 6 program is now ready to be installed to a computer.

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