Visual C++ 1.x

Visual C++ is a greatly enhanced and re-branded version of Microsoft C/C++. The Visual C++ line is primarily aimed at Windows development on 386 CPUs. 5.0 and later were bundled as a part of Microsoft Visual Studio.

Release notes

The 1.x releases are the only releases of Visual C++ that are capable of running on a 16-bit version of Windows.

It Visual C++ was preceded by Microsoft Quick C for Windows.

This version adds 386 code generation support, and 16-bit version uses the DOSXNT DOS extender. Drops QuickHelp and Programmer's Workbench for DOS.

Available in two editions:

Standard, marketed as a Windows replacement for QuickC.

Professional, marketed as a replacement for C/C++ 7.0. Included the ability to build both DOS and Windows applications, an optimizing compiler, a source profiler, the Windows 3.1 SDK. and the Phar Lap 286 DOS Extender Lite.

A 32-bit native version of 1.0 was released some time later.

Product type
Release date
User interface
Download count
83 (12 for release)


Download name Version Language Architecture File size Downloads
Microsoft Visual C++ 1.0 Professional (3.5-1.44mb) 1.0 Professional English 22.65MB 2
Microsoft Visual C++ 1.0 Standard (3.5-1.44mb) 1.0 Standard English 16.38MB 1
Microsoft Visual C++ 1.0 for NT (ISO) 1.0 for NT English 33.79MB 1
Microsoft Visual C++ 1.5 Professional (ISO) 1.5 Professional English 49.35MB 3
Microsoft Visual C++ 1.51 [Japanese] (Archive) 1.51 Japanese 174.09MB 0
Microsoft Visual C++ 1.52c (ISO) 1.52c English 46.35MB 5


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