PRB: Setup Cannot Continue...System Files Are Out of Date

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Executing a Setup.exe program created by the Visual Basic 5.0 Application Setup Wizard or the Visual Basic 6.0 Package and Deployment Wizard (PDW) on a client machine may cause the following message:
Setup cannot continue because some system files are out of date on your system. Click OK if you would like setup to update these files now. You will need to restart Windows before you can run setup again. Click Cancel to exit setup without updating system files.
If you click OK, the application installs the correct file. If you select Cancel, the operation stops. The setup process will not complete successfully until the correct file has been installed on the system.


The above message occurs when the version of Oleaut32.dll on the client machine is older than version 2.20.0000. Certain files critical to the installation process of Visual Basic applications require Oleaut32.dll version 2.20.0000 or later.


By selecting OK to the above message, Setup.exe will install a newer version of Oleaut32.dll that is compatible with the installation program. In order for this file to be updated to the correct version, the operating system must be restarted. Therefore, after the correct file is installed, the user will be prompted to restart the computer. The application setup process cannot continue until the machine is restarted. After the machine is rebooted, re-run the application Setup.exe program.

If you choose Cancel, the Setup.exe program will terminate. The application setup will not complete until version 2.20.0000 or later of Oleaut32.dll is installed on the system.

NOTE: This process also resolves the issue documented in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

162518 PRB: "Unexpected error; quitting" Installing VB4 Application


If you continue to receive the above error after multiple attempts, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

191096 PRB: Multiple 'System Files Are Out of Date' Errors


Article ID: 174135 - Last Review: July 18, 2001 - Revision: 1.0
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition
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