Proficiency Tester

Developed at South Indian Textile Research Association, Coimbatore

Proficiency Tester

Today I got my EXE program, which I wrote in Visual Basic 6.0 for SITRA (South India Textile Research Association) Coimbatore, way back in 2002, running on my Windows 11 machine which I thought would never happen.

Download the relevant OCX files from :

and move them to this folder : C:\Windows\SysWOW64\

Now run this in command prompt (cmd.exe) as an Administrator :

cd C:\Windows\System32
C:\Windows\System32>regsvr32.exe C:\Windows\SysWOW64\MSCOMCTL.OCX
C:\Windows\System32>regsvr32.exe C:\Windows\SysWOW64\comdlg32.ocx
C:\Windows\System32>regsvr32.exe C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msflexgrid.ocx

Now run ProficiencyTest.exe - this uses text files as a database - this was at a time when I didn't know about SQL / RDMS (even though we had a subject on it !) and has no requirement to an internet connection - used books to learn - no StackOverflow, no YouTube, no ChatGPT and lastly, hardly any Google because Internet was not available (most of the time) until 2003 ! - I used Yahoo! in college but I don't recollect searching for programming solutions from the Internet - all I had was a VB6 book. And of course, my college's lab assistants helped me a lot in troubleshooting setup and configuration issues.

PS: Their site, which was active in 2002 is no longer valid - the current site is

Most of the functions / menus don't work because of the UI being very outdated.

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