> IIRC Microsoft have a free download for non commercial use of their C++ compiler
> since last year. I don't think it includes the environment though.
That sounds good - I had a similar home-made thing back in Uni actually - I only had 12Megs of Uni disk space (before we discovered how to stop the C: drives formatting themselves after we logged out), so I just got Vis Studio 6.0 and trimmed out cl.exe, nmake, the resource compiler, and some stuff like user32.lib. I think it squeezed into about 3Meg, leaving me space for other things. And it worked a treat, it's how I made DGen 1.00, using that and DOS edit
Do you have a link anywhere for that free download of their new compiler versions?
You learn something old everyday...