Microsoft KB Archive/107992
Article ID: 107992
Article Last Modified on 10/30/2003
- Microsoft Windows 3.1 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Visual Basic 3.0 Professional Edition
This article was previously published under Q107992
Traditional Windows development suggests that you add version information to your compiled .EXE files. Microsoft provides two tools with Microsoft Visual C++ that allow Visual C++ programmers to add version information to compiled applications:
- The Microsoft Resource Compiler (RC.EXE).
- The Microsoft App Studio, a resource editor.
Unfortunately, at this time, Visual Basic programmers cannot add version information to Visual Basic generated .EXE files. Visual Basic does not have the abiliy to add resource information to its .EXE files. Nor can you use either the Microsoft Resource Compiler or the App Studio to add resource information to .EXE files generated by Visual Basic. There are however other third party Resource Compilers/Editors that will work with Visual Basic compiled .EXE files. One such tool is the "Resource Workshop" by Borland. You can contact Borland at 1-800-336-6464x8708.
Below is a step by step example illustrating how to add version information to a Visual Basic compiled EXE using Borland's "Resource Workshop."
Example of Adding Version Information to a VB Application
- Start Resource Workshop.
- From the Resource Menu, choose New (ALT+R N).
- Select VERSIONINFO as the resource type, and click OK.
Resource Workshop displays a default script for version information. Delete this, and type in something similar to the following:
1 VERSIONINFO LOADONCALL MOVEABLE FILEVERSION 1, 0, 0, 5 PRODUCTVERSION 1, 0, 0, 10 FILEOS VOS__WINDOWS16 FILETYPE VFT_APP BEGIN BLOCK "StringFileInfo" BEGIN BLOCK "040904E4" BEGIN VALUE "CompanyName", "Some Company\000" VALUE "FileDescription", "What it is\000" VALUE "FileVersion", "03.00.0005\000" VALUE "InternalName", "XYZ.EXE\000" VALUE "LegalCopyright", "Copyright ) abcdefg" VALUE "LegalTrademarks", "Whatever you want\000" VALUE "ProductName", "asdfg\000" VALUE "ProductVersion", "see above" VALUE "Comments", "Some comments" END END END
- Double-click the control box to close the current window. Click Yes when Resource Workshop asks you if you wish to save changes.
- Your Application now contains version information. Choose Exit from the File menu to exit Resource Workshop (ALT+F X). Click Yes when Resource Workshop asks you to verify that you want to update your EXE.
For more information on the VERSIONINFO statement, see the WinSDK on-line help file (provided with the professional edition of Visual Basic as well as Visual C++) or the "Microsoft Windows Version 3.1 Programmer's Reference," Volume 1.
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