If you already have the downloaded MSDN library from Oct 2001, skip ahead to the appropriate section and follow the extraction/installation instructions as appropriate. If you don't have anything, read this guide through completely and you will be able to download, extract and install the MSDN library for VB 6.
To legally download the MSDN Library for VB 6, you must be a paid Visual Studio Subscriber. You cannot get access to the oldest archived MSDN Libraries (this one is from 2001) without a paid level Visual Studio subscription (formerly called MSDN subscription).
Let me pause for a moment-- YES, you can download the MSDN Library 2001 edition from other non-legit sources around the internet. But I do not, and will not, recommend that. Three reasons: 1) It's illegal. 2) Those sites often are simply hackers using the bait of "free downloads" to get a virus installed on your computer. and 3) I have looked at a number of those sites claiming to archive this specific download and all of them exclude some part of the MSDN Oct 2001 Library from their download chunks- that is, it is missing some part that makes it incomplete. You can hassle and try to figure out if you have all the parts, if they are legit, if they are filled with viruses and if they will work. Or, you can simply use a legit Visual Studio subscription.
I have tried using the free Visual Studio account that anyone can get (Visual Studio Dev Essentials), but it doesn't allow access to the MSDN October 2001 Library (or any of the older MSDN Library downloads from what I can see). I was able to access it via Professional, Test and Enterprise level subscriptions.
STEP 2: You should see the "2001-10 MSDN Library October" shown in the download results. You will note the bold, blue box that says "Download". Click that box to reveal your download options.
STEP 3:To get the full MSDN library to work with your VB6 Studio, download the "MSDN Library October 2001 - Full Setup (English)" (this file will be called "en_msdn_library_october2001_dvd.exe"). Alternatively, you can download 3 separate ISO files for CD-ROMs. NOTE: the total download is about 1.2Gb so it will take 20 minutes or so on a 1Mb/sec connection
I have updated this post with the corrected information for the new location of the downloads for the archived MSDN Library (2001 / October). Currently, you need one of the paid subscription levels to Visual Studio. The free one does not give access to this download. Microsoft did release many other things in the archive to its free downloads area, but these archives are not released free via Microsoft downloads. The above article works and is confirmed as the proper process for the newly updated download area in Visual Studio subscription.
You can easily download the proper copy of MSDN that works with Visual Basic 6 (VB6) but you need a MSDN subscription to do. If you have that subscription, here is a step-by-step description of how to find, download, extract, install and test the correct MSDN library that works with VB6 (using the F1 context sensitive help method of VB6 /studio):
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