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VC6 with XP look

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How to make VC6 look a little more XP

Sample Image - VC-2K.jpg

Introduction

By default Microsoft Visual C++ V6 when running under Windows XP manages a half-hearted XP look. In theory it shouldn't really have any XP look, but somehow bits seem to acquire it by magic.

So, I decided if I could make all (or most) of VC appear in the new look. And overall, I have. Note the correct scrollbars, search combobox, and dialog box controls

VC WinXP

As many of you will know, the way to make a program XP aware is to include a manifest resource in each .EXE or .DLL, but another way to achieve this is merely to add a manifest file to the same directory as the program (or DLL) named exactly the same as the file, but with .manifest appended to it.

e.g.
	Program Filename		Manifest Filename
	----------------		----------------------
	myprogram.exe		myprogram.exe.manifest
	mysupport.dll		mysupport.dll.manifest

The manifest file I have used is fairly standard:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> 
<assembly 
   xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" 
   manifestVersion="1.0">
	<assemblyIdentity 
    processorArchitecture="x86" 
    version="5.1.0.0"
    type="win32"
    name="test.exe"/>
    <description>Test Application</description>
    <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly>
    <assemblyIdentity
         type="win32"
         name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls"
         version="6.0.0.0"
         publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df"
         language="*"
         processorArchitecture="x86"/>
    </dependentAssembly>
    </dependency>
</assembly>

The only thing left to do is explain how to make it work!

Download the VC-XP_src.zip file (at the top of the page) and extract it to:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\Common\MSDev98\Bin
of course you may need to change this if you didn't install VC to the default directory/drive. Then, the next time you run VC (MSDEV.EXE), you will get the new look.

Of course, this doesn't actually give any extra features or benefits, it just looks nicer.

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GeneralXP look for VC++ projects Pin
ibrahim_8429-Apr-08 20:35
ibrahim_8429-Apr-08 20:35 
QuestionIt's requiered Windows XP? Pin
accarvajal22-Jul-04 13:08
accarvajal22-Jul-04 13:08 
AnswerRe: It's requiered Windows XP? Pin
Chanwoo23-Jul-04 16:59
Chanwoo23-Jul-04 16:59 
GeneralRichEdit Trouble Pin
wswartzendruber26-Oct-03 14:49
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GeneralMistake Pin
wswartzendruber26-Oct-03 15:03
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GeneralRe: Mistake Pin
Anonymous26-Oct-03 15:31
Anonymous26-Oct-03 15:31 
GeneralRe: Mistake Pin
wswartzendruber26-Oct-03 23:42
wswartzendruber26-Oct-03 23:42 
GeneralRe: Mistake Pin
Sreekanth Muralidharan21-Dec-05 2:49
Sreekanth Muralidharan21-Dec-05 2:49 
That's THE thing!!

Sreekanth Muralidharan,
Corporate Systems Consultant [Embedded Systems],
INDIA
Generalnot 100% relevant but, Pin
sharlila26-Jun-03 9:40
sharlila26-Jun-03 9:40 
GeneralSigh Pin
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GeneralRe: Sigh Pin
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GeneralNo Luck on my side Pin
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GeneralRe: No Luck on my side Pin
James T. Johnson30-Dec-02 20:27
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GeneralVC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pin
Alan Wen24-Dec-02 21:13
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GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pin
Neville Franks24-Dec-02 22:00
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GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pin
Alan Wen24-Dec-02 22:26
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GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pin
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GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pin
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Alan Wen7-Sep-09 16:34
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ehaerim7-Sep-09 22:26
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GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pin
Alan Wen8-Sep-09 14:39
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GeneralRe: VC6 can't debug static variable on Windows XP Pin
Alan Balkany16-Jun-04 5:02
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GeneralExtremely Cool Pin
Chris Coble23-Dec-02 11:48
Chris Coble23-Dec-02 11:48 
Generalexactly what I did Pin
Paolo Messina23-Dec-02 8:33
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