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    VB6 Portable Edition

    I came across a portable edition of Visual Basic 6 (5.9 MB)
    http://visualbasicstarters.ueuo.com/
    Anybody tried this before!? What are the limitations ??

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Not sure what that program can do but it sure is not an IDE for vb6.0.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by waelr
    I came across a portable edition of Visual Basic 6 (5.9 MB)
    http://visualbasicstarters.ueuo.com/
    Anybody tried this before!? What are the limitations ??
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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    i have seen this, can run vb6 on any machine without installing, handy for debugging code on site
    i do my best to test code works before i post it, but sometimes am unable to do so for some reason, and usually say so if this is the case.
    Note code snippets posted are just that and do not include error handling that is required in real world applications, but avoid On Error Resume Next

    dim all variables as required as often i have done so elsewhere in my code but only posted the relevant part

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    It is a copy of VB6 installed using a pirated license key, packaged with ThinStall/ThinApp or a similar tool.

    I don't see how it can be legal even if you have a license for VB6.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Even the VB6 Student Edition is free to download but thats only 26Mb so don't expect to much from this one.
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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    There's a legit VB6 portable. It comes for free with tutorial books like VB6 for dummies. Since it is free, if distributed online for free, it is legal.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben321 View Post
    There's a legit VB6 portable. It comes for free with tutorial books like VB6 for dummies. Since it is free, if distributed online for free, it is legal.
    You shouldn't bump/reply to old threads like this. The last post here was a year and a half ago.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by waelr View Post
    I came across a portable edition of Visual Basic 6 (5.9 MB)
    http://visualbasicstarters.ueuo.com/
    Anybody tried this before!? What are the limitations ??
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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    I still haven't seen any evidence of a legal "portable VB."

    The Dummies book's supplier says:

    Plus, the bonus CD-ROM that comes with Visual Basic 6 For Dummies includes all the source code and examples from the book, along with demo or trial versions of some cool VB and ActiveX programs.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben321 View Post
    There's a legit VB6 portable.
    I've certainly never seen any indication of that being true - and I have actively checked.
    It comes for free with tutorial books like VB6 for dummies.
    The edition that comes with books is either "Working Model" or "Learning", it is not "Portable".
    Since it is free, if distributed online for free, it is legal.
    That is absolutely ridiculous - you clearly have no idea about copyright law.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Beyond all of this I'm confused by the attraction of such a thing.

    If you don't already have (legit) VB6 you probably aren't a VB6 programmer already. If that is true I'm not sure why you wouldn't just get the current VB.Net Express edition and start learning that language.


    From what I've seen this "portable" thing is pretty crippled by flaws and couldn't be used to support existing applications. From the questions people using it post, it must not come with the proper VB6 documentation. It just doesn't seem very attractive.

    Its presence on BitTorrent sites doesn't lend any air of credibility either.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    I thought the "express" version of classic VB was the control creation edition????.... Is that perhaps what they are considering to be the "portable" version as it is only about half the size (install file wise) as the standard edition of classic visual basic 6.0???
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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    No... the Control Creation Edition was a cut-down version of VB5, which only let you make controls, not .Exe projects etc. There was no equivalent for VB6, the closest was Learning/Working-Model, which IIRC didn't allow you to compile anything.


    I have only ever seen the name "Portable Edition" used for a pirated (and very heavily hacked) version of VB6, which I believe is designed to work without being installed.

    I'm not sure on the legality of it if you have a licence for VB6, but most of the people on the forums who have said they use it admitted to not having a licence - and only got it because it was illegally free (and many of those didn't realise that the Express editions are legitimately free - and arguably more powerful).

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    I think there actually was a VB6CCE, but it was only released as part of the stand-alone VFP 6.0 Pro or Enterprise package. VFP users who had the full VS6 package wouldn't have needed a CCE.

    However you could use VB5CCE as a training tool for VB5. As stated you just couldn't compile and save an EXE, you had to run those in the IDE.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    That is possible... but as VB5 CCE was easy to download from MS for many years (and AFAIK a VB6 version never was), I suspect it was the VB5 one... and a quick look at the official FAQs for it in the MSKB backs up the suspicion:
    Quote Originally Posted by http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q165524/
    # Q. Is there a version 6.0 of the Control Creation Edition?

    A. No. The Visual Basic 5.0 Control Creation Edition was desgined to introduce developers to creating ActiveX controls. There are no plans to upgrade the VBCCE.

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    Re: VB6 Portable Edition

    Well, another good reason to believe that the above is not a Microsoft authorized release is that the person who made the autorun is not Microsoft but in this case "Adilou" I don't think Microsoft developers would put their names on the splash screen of their product. Also, if you attempt to run the executable file your malware/virus scanner will probably yell at you above an infection. Further more the youtube account supposedly belonging to the guy has been suspended suggesting the person was up to no good.

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    The program already has licensed to info:

    thuongvn
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    serial number: 5002100000000085569
    I don't know if these details would be the same for any other versions of vb6.0 portable floating around.
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