In Visual Basic 6, you can get the file version information by using the API function calls. VB.NET simplifies the process by allowing you to use handy properties and methods to determine the specifics of a file version. To get this information, I'll show you how to utilize the FileVersionInfo class and call its GetVersionInfo method, which accepts the file name as a parameter.
For our example in Listing A, I will add a List Box control to the form (see Figure 1). Note: In order to run the example, you need to add this statement on the top of your form or module: Imports System.Diagnostics.FileVersionInfo.
I define the variable sFileName to hold the location of the executable for which I will get the version information. I also define the variable Info as a FileVersionInfo class and then add selected properties of the FileVersionInfo object to the list box, one by one. Figure 2 displays the result of running this example.
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