RoboBasic on Windows 10

Submitted by matt.davies on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 01:13

With the Robonova, I had the original CD.  This contained version 2.5 of the software.  The software installed fine, but when I opened it, there was something that was not quite right.  Thinking that perhaps an update existed to make it work better with more recent versions of Windows, I contacted technical support and was able to get an updated version, 2.8.  Unfortunately, this did not improve the situation.

RoboBasic with no source code pane displaying
RoboBasic displaying with no source code pane visible

What I was encountering was that where the source code pane needed to display, there was an empty space.  I tried running in compatibility mode.  Unfortunately, that made things worse as I started to get errors about unregistered ActiveX controls.  When I tried Win7 and WinXP compatibility modes, I would get a "MSINET.ocx not installed" type of message.

I was at a loss.  I tried a few different options with no luck, and was about raise the white flag when I recalled that the latest version of the software contained a Windows Vista file.  It was a .bat file and when I opened it, the contents contained many statements involving the registering of ActiveX controls.  

RoboBasic Windows Vista ActiveX Registration File
RoboBasic Windows Vista ActiveX Registration File

The file locations differed from my 64 bit Windows 10 installation, but I figured it was a good start at a last-ditch solution.  I took note of all the .ocx file names, and went into the c:\windows\syswow64 folder and registered each manually.

I wasn't expecting much, but when I opened the program -- success!  My source code pane displayed.

Here are the commands that I issued to make it all work.

regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\mscomm32.ocx 
regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\COMCT332.ocx 
regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\MSCOMCTL.ocx 
regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\MSCOMCTL.ocx 
regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\COMDLG32.ocx
regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\MSINET.ocx
regsvr32 c:\windows\syswow64\cmcs21.ocx
RoboBasic displaying source code as it should
RoboBasic displaying source code as it should