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How to re-install the Visual Basic 6 Runtime

For users of Windows XP

  1. Download the installer for the Visual Basic 6 Runtime.
  2. Run the installer you just download, and follow the steps in the Installation Wizard.
  3. Download the updates for the Runtime:
    1. Update 1.
    2. Update 2.
  4. Run the installers you just downloaded and follow the steps in their Installation Wizards.

For users of Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10

The Visual Basic Runtime is a component of Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10, rather than a separate application. For this reason, it does not need to be installed in the first place, and it cannot be uninstalled or reinstalled the way you would with a normal application.

In these OSs, you must replace the Runtime's DLL with a valid copy, and then register it. To do that:

  1. Run the System File Checker.
  2. Once SFC has finished, in the same elevated command prompt you used to run SFC, type the following command:
    1. If you are using a 64 bit version of windows:
      regsvr32.exe C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msvbvm60.dll
    2. If you are using a 32 bit version of windows:
      regsvr32.exe C:\Windows\System32\msvbvm60.dll
  3. A message box will appear telling you if the registration of the file was successful or not.
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