Visual Basic 2006 express version download RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    Does anybody know where i could download a trial version/express version of Visual Basic/ Visual studio 2006? I've googled enough but haven't found anything as such. Please let me know.


    Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:22 PM

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  • Hi,

    the versions that are available are 2005, 2008 and 2010. So there is no version 2006.

    And is there a special reason why you need 2005 (I think you mean that)? If you get the latest version then you can also create projects targeting the older .Net versions. And you get the advantages of the new versions.

    It seems that the Express versions of Visual Studio 2005 are no longer available at Microsoft. But I found download offers of other sites that offer free downloads.

    2008 is still available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3092 (iso image) and http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2008-editions/express

    2010 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010-editions/express

    With kind regards,


    Friday, June 1, 2012 7:45 PM
  • vb06 does exist, my programming class uses it, but i have yet to find a legal way to download it for free.

    Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:56 PM
  • VB6 / Visual Studio 6 exist. That is true. But these versions are really old and at that time no express versions was available.

    I do not know of a freely available download of vb6 (But at the moment I do not see any reason why such an old version should be used ... But I am quite sure that there was good reasons to use that in your programming class.)

    But be aware: VB6 is not VB 2006 or so ... versions was:

    6 (without .Net)
    2002 (.Net 1.0)
    2003 (.Net 1.1)
    2005 (.Net 2 and previous)
    2008 (.Net 3 and previous)
    2010 (.Net 4 and previous)
    2012 (.Net 4.5 and previous)

    With kind regards,


    Sunday, December 2, 2012 12:04 PM