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The Meta Maker Wizard FAQ

By Andrew Thompson | Legacy Software

Jan 24
The Meta Maker Wizard FAQ

This article was originally written for The Meta Maker Wizard support page back in the days before broadband internet was widespread and downloadable files were kept to a size minimum for those on dial-up.

Question: When I run the Meta Maker Wizard I get an error message ‘Comdlg32.ocx is missing or cannot be found’. What do I do?

Answer: This program was written in Microsoft Visual Basic some years ago when 64 bit Windows operating systems weren’t available. You will certainly get this message if you are trying to run it on a 64 bit operating system such as Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10. If you chose to install 32 bit versions of either of these two operating systems you may still get the error simply because this file hasn’t been included – there is a fix for this error for both 32 and 64 bit systems. I can assure you that it is possible to get The Meta Maker Wizard to run on a 64 bit system if you are willing to take a few extra steps outlined in this separate article.

Question: The program will not run and I get messages about missing, outdated or wrong versions of runtime dlls.

Answer: The Meta Maker Wizard requires VB6 Runtime Files. You may not have these files present on your computer or they may be old and require updating in order for the program to run.

Question: What are VB6 Runtime Files?

Answer: The Meta Maker Wizard was written using Visual Basic 6. In order to run this Windows™ program your computer needs to have a few ‘helper’ or Runtime Files installed. Once you’ve installed these files you should be able to run most programs written in Visual Basic 6. If you try running a progam without these Runtime Files you will probably get an error and the progam will refuse to start. You may already have these files if you have installed another Visual Basic 6 program in the past. Windows™ XP users will have these Runtime Files by default.

Question: Why are VB6 Runtime Files not included with The Meta Maker Wizard setup program?

Answer: Some programs written in Visual Basic 6 are distributed with VB6 Runtime Files, some are not. If you already have Visual Basic programs installed on your computer it is very likely you’ll already have VB6 Runtime Files installed. As this program was written back in the days of internet dial-up I decided not to include them with The Meta Maker Wizard setup program in order to keep the download size small. These days I wouldn’t hesitate to include all the files you need regardless of whether or not you already have them – the zip file will download in seconds on a high speed internet connection. Sadly I no longer have access to the installer creator software and so I can no longer modify the download file. For those who haven’t got VB6 Runtime Files on their computer please download them separately by clicking here.

Question: How do I know if I have the VB6 Runtime Files already?

Answer: If you are using Windows™ XP you should have VB6 Runtime Files already on your system by default. For other Windows™ versions the way to check if you already have these Runtime Files installed is to look for a particular file on your computer. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:\Windows\System folder. Look for the file “msvbvm60.dll” (make sure it has “60” in the name, not any other number). If this file exists you already have the VB6 Runtime Files installed. If the file DOES NOT exist you need to download the VB6 Runtime Files by clicking here. At the prompt select “Save this program to disk” and press the OK button. Once the file has finished downloading you need to install the Runtime Files by double-clicking the file vbrun60.exe. The VB6 Runtime Files will automatically be installed on your computer. You may be required to reboot your computer to finish the installation. Alternatively visit this knowledge base article on the Microsoft Web site.

Question: When loading meta tags I am getting the error message, “data not recognized or corrupt”.

Answer: When you save meta tags using The Meta Maker Wizard the data you enter into the input boxes is saved as text in a text file. This text is saved in a unique format which the wizard understands. Modifying these text files outside of the wizard may cause loading errors. Trying to load text files into the wizard created by another program will also cause loading errors. The advice is not to modify any files created using the wizard outside of the program and only load files into the wizard previously created by it. You may wish to create a separate folder on your computer where you save meta tags produced using The Meta Maker Wizard.

Question: When I get to the ‘Code Formatting’ option in the Wizard, what do I enter?

Answer: The code generated by the wizard has to be pasted into your Web page ‘head’ code to be of any use. If your Web page editor, Adobe Dreamweaver for example, produces XHTML compliant code then if you paste Meta Maker Wizard code of a different format into your Web page you will get validation errors when you check for XHTML compliance. To check the format of your Web page take a look at it’s code and examine the very first line. Look for the ‘DOCTYPE’ declaration. It should read either HTML 4.01 Transitional, HTML 4.01 Strict, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, XHTML 1.0 Strict or XHTML 1.1. In the Wizard select the option from the ‘Code Formatting’ screen that matches the ‘DOCTYPE’ declaration of your Web page.

About the Author

Andrew Thompson is a serial creative and creator of desktop software apps, online apps, mobile apps, web templates, eBooks and online courses which you'll find all over the internet.