Friday, August 14, 2009

Visual Studio 6 and VB6 – Hosted on Windows 7 (64k)

There are still lots of VB6 applications out there that need to be maintained. I couldn’t install VB6 directly on the  Windows 7 desktop because of ActiveX and adoDB problems, but I could install it using Windows Virtual PC XP Mode.


I’ve set up VS6 in Windows Virtual PC and created a shortcut on my Windows 7 toolbar:
image I run it from there and dragging it around my desktop just like any other window:

Here’s how:

  1. Check that your chip & bios support virtualisation using this Intel download
  2. Go here and carry out the 3 steps
  3. Install Visual Studio 6 within the Virtual PC and update it with the necessary .

Of course you could use VMWare instead (but you dont appear to be able to use both together)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Move Office 2003 from one PC to another

This is dead easy.

  • On you old PC - stop sending & receiving

Tools -> Send Receive -> Send Receive Settings -> Disable ...

  • Shut down outlook
  • Copy all your PST and other outlook data files to exactly the same place on the new PC
    (I abandoned Bill's My ... naming convention long ago and keep my stuff on a mapped M:\ drive)
  • Use the Save My Settings wizard on the old PC to save your current settings that is sitting (probably unused) in your Microsoft Office Tools folder
    (See Description and use of the Save My Settings Wizard)
  • Make sure you stop any Office 2003 programs on your new PC
  • Do the import
  • Start Outlook and everything's great
    • Even all your eamil accounts have been migrated between registries
    • You still have to teach Outlook the passwords of your pop3 email accounts

Why did I do it any other way in the past?