Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reviving Windows 2000, IE 6 SP1 and Visual Studio 2005 C++/C#/J#/VB/Web Express

Why sleep when you can build the dev environment of your (late 2002) dreams?
Visual C++ and C#, SSME against SQL Server 2005 Express



Ingredients:

So not quite what I wanted back in 2002, but if 2002 me got his hands on VS 200-AnyYear he would've murdered Doc Brown and stolen his time machine.

Installing Visual C# 2005

Why IE6?  Well, first I needed to discover for myself that there was no way to shoehorn VS 2008 Express Edition onto my box, and for some damned reason the Installer UI is HTML with a bunch of ActiveX shit that chokes IE 5.5.  Going from 5.5 to 6 is an exercise in pulling teeth.  Fortunately, the good folks at Evolt keep a whole stable of legacy browsers handy, including base IE6.

Unfortunately, you have to dig further for a standalone SP1 update and wade through lots and lots of dead links.  Fortunately, we have Internet Archive.  Link is below:

http://web.archive.org/web/20060201000000*/http://www.greenapple.com/support/software/browsers/files/ie60sp1july.exe

Installing Visual C++ 2005

Have fun.

Hello, World!