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    I had Visual C++ Professional running on this machine for years. After rebuilding, and installing 64 bit Windows 8.1, (because the rebuilt system has 16GB RAM), trying to install VC does not run, won't install. Is this a 32/64 bit issue, is there something I can do to get going again? What alternatives are there?

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    Hmmm, Delphi has also failed to install.

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    Can you right-click on the installer, choose properties and then the compatibility tab.
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    I got it to start, but it hangs. Right clicking setup.exe does not have tabs, it gives me a list of fairly ordinary options apart from "Troubleshoot compatibilty" which is what I did. Eventually, after a couple of attempts, it started the installer, but never got as far as asking for the key, it just said waiting, with the circulating "busy" type thing. Was like that for perhaps 15 minutes when I stopped it. SSD so normally quite quick.

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    What version of Visual C++? Also, Delphi? Does anyone even use that anymore?
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    I have numerous versions here, the one I was using to get this going again was Visual C++ 6.0. I think that was the version I had on here before I rebuilt the system. It was certainly adequate for my needs. The install kit was on my desk.

    Delphi is something I have always kept alive on here because it was the development tool used by a company I worked for in the early years of this centuary. When I was still active, I'd get a call perhaps once a year for a fix or mod for their customers systems, usually interfacing to a modern sensor. Development tools going out of date, does not mean that all systems developed with them before that happens, suddenly get updated to something new, in the embedded market this is especially true. One of our product lines was for VDR systems for freight ships, as the ships age, they get sold cheap to, often, third world countries that run them until they no longer can, I suspect some of those systems will still be running in 20 years time. I still had a Fortran 77 kit on here before the update which I kept for similar reasons, I have not developed anything in Fortran since the mid 1990's on a DEC VAX system.

    All of these worked fine on the system under the 32 bit version of the same operating system

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    Visual C++ 6.0 is old enough to possibly have a 16 bit installer; you can not run 16 bit installer under 64 bit windows.

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    I went to Microsoft to get some help and discovered I could download a new version of Visual Studio making the installation of the old versions, at least for now, unnecessary. I have installed it, but found that the standard install does not put a start icon on the base screen. This is a problem MS acknowledge. When I get an answer to the basic question, ie. which file do I run to start VS, I can create my own icon on the desktop.

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    In case anyone is interested, the file to start it up is devenv.exe, which sounds obvious once you see it.

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