Saturday, August 12, 2006

Installing Visual Studio 6 on XP SP2

If you try to install Visual Studio 6.0 on Windows XP SP2 system, the setup prompts to update MS JVM and restarts. Sometimes even after the restart it prompts to install MS JVM again, and gets into this infinite loop.

A workaround is to copy the CD contents to a folder, open SETUPWIZ.INI, and delete the line VmPath=ie4\msjavx86.exe . Setup will not prompt for MS JVM install anymore.

If Setup.exe crashes on XP SP2 system, set the compatibility mode on SETUP.EXE to 'Windows NT 4.0' or 'Windows 2000'.


Anonymous said...

Hi mate,

Thanks for the tip, but it not seems to be complete - there is a issue related with the dammed perfmon (see


Anonymous said...

There is another potential problem when installing Visual Studio 6.0 or a standalone Visual Studio product on Windows XP.

Please see:, or


hmjesus said...

Thread necromancing here, but this was a fantastic help.

Was having issues until I fired up ACMBoot.exe in Windows 2000 compatibility. Many thanks.

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