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FAQ: How do I purchase VB 6.0 now that Visual Basic .NET is released?

Question

How do I purchase VB 6.0 now that Visual Basic .NET is released?

Answer

Since the release of Visual Basic .NET, it is difficult to purchase Visual Basic 6.0 directly from Microsoft.

Fortunately, Visual Studio 6.0, which includes Visual Basic 6.0, can still be purchased from Microsoft as a downgrade. Details for the downgrade are outlined at Downgrade Information.

Note:
Microsoft will only downgrade by one version, therfore if you have Visual Studio .NET 2002 you can download to Visual Basic 6.0. However if you are running Visual Studio .NET 2003 you will only be able to downgrade to 2002.

Therefore, it is still possible to purchase Visual Studio 6.0 and continue developing with Visual Basic 6.0.

If you need to purchase Visual Basic 6.0 without Visual Studio, there are a few non-Microsoft sites selling this product:

Office Software

Atomic Park

New Tech Direct Software