How to install Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 on Windows 2000/XP

At the command prompt, type the following command:

E:\SETUP\acmsetup.exe /T E:\SETUP\PRODUCT.STF /s E:\ /n "NAME" /o "ORGANIZATION" /k 1234567890


  • E: – your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive letter. Also you can replace E:\ with path to the folder where you have your installation files.
  • PRODUCT – File name of the product you are installing with .stf extension. The specific .stf file that is required for the manual command line will vary depending on the specific product you are installing. Search the \SETUP folder on the CD-ROM of the product you are installing for the .stf to use. For example, for Visual Basic 6.0 Professional, use vb98pro.stf; for Visual C++ 6.0 Professional, use vc98pro.stf.
  • NAME – your name
  • ORGANIZATION – your organization
  • 1234567890 – your CD key

If you get the message “You must first run the Installation Wizard before running this setup”, run the following command and repeat.

regedit /s E:\key.dat

In the same way you should install service packs.

Service Pack 5:

C:\SP5\acmsetup.exe /T C:\SP5\sp598ent.stf /s C:\SP5 /n "NAME" /o "ORGANIZATION"

Service Pack 6:

C:\SP6\acmsetup.exe /T C:\SP6\sp698ent.stf /s C:\SP6 /n "NAME" /o "ORGANIZATION"


  • C:\SP5 and C:\SP6 – folders where you have extracted service pack files.

Microsoft published an article regarding this problem at However they suggest to use /B1 (or /B 1) command line argument, which in my case resulted in product options dialog being skipped.


  1. Thanks! Note the third E:\ must point to the path to the contents of the CD. So if you are installing from a path like E:\ENGLISH\VISUAL_STUDIO_60\ENT\CD1 this whole path must go where the third E:\ is shown.

    Or you can use the SUBST command to map a drive letter to the folder.

  2. Prior to running the above commands, you need to get a copy of MSJAVA.DLL and JAVACYPT.DLL, copy them over to the C:\Windows\System32 directory, then register them:

    regsvr32 msjava.dll
    regsvr32 javacypt.dll

    This effectively tricks VS6 into thinking Microsoft’s Java VM is installed, otherwise you get an error during installation “javasign.dll was unable to register itself in the system registry” and the service packs will fail to install.

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