Questions involving programming on Microsoft Windows technology, including its API.

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How to deal with Windows .NET configuration files

We use the normal app.config file for the configuration of the application. Although it works for now it has some pretty significant drawbacks: Upgrading an application with a modified app.config is ...
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Detect or Prevent Screen Capture Applications

I am building an app that displays very sensitive information and as such, I want to be able to either Disable the ability to capture the screen Redact the portion of my app that is on the screen ...
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Program Compatibility - OS That Can Run Anything? [closed]

I know that programs that are built on one OS won't work on another, like a Windows program on a Linux distribution, and that there are programs that translate those system calls into system calls ...
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Smart fallback for line endings in code files? [closed]

What do you recommend as a default fallback for line endings if the operating system cannot be determined? Example Mac OS up to version 9 uses carriage returns (\r) for line endings. Unix-like ...
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How to make Jetbrains editors make use of JDK 6 on Windows? [migrated]

I am running Windows for the first time in several years and of course I installed Java 8 to make use of Jetbraisn IDEs. The problem however, is that the font rendering in Java 8 on all systems seems ...
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Calling another program from a Windows Service

Problem: I am working on a service which will do some automated processing at a configurable time each night. It does some communication over the internet, formats some information, and creates a ...
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Do we need to test 32-bit software in 64-bit Windows?

I'm working in a software development team as software developer. I've been working on the same project for three years now. The software is a 32-bit desktop based C# application in .NET 4. Our target ...
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Is this Auto-Updating strategy for a program in C++ compiled with mingw32 for Windows correct?

I 've been thinking a lot on auto-updating, but wanted to check with you guys if you see any anti-patterns in my proposal: Context I'm coding a game in C++ and SDL, compiled in an Ubuntu (host) for ...
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Why don't developers make installation automatic on windows? [closed]

This is the inverse to "Why don't developers make installation wizards on linux?", which is interesting, but made me think "Automatic instalation is the natural way. Why do they use wizards?". So ...
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Why don't developers make installation wizards on linux? [closed]

I'm sure it's not about laziness or anything like that but I fail to understand why developers of even mainly consumer facing apps don't make any sort of installation wizard where you go ...
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API for accessing CTS and DSR signals of serial port

I'm trying to improve another abstraction of the serial port. The project involved often needs to check one of the single control signals CTS and DSR. This is currently done by a call to ...
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How to securely implement Roles in a Windows Form application?

As an ISV, what is considered best practice for implementing Application Role based security? In other words, only allow users to access certain features in the application based on what Roles they ...
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Simple unicode application?

I want to create simple language learning applications to help friends in learning languages. A simple Java console application would do the trick, but the Windows console does not seem to handle ...
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How do newly-created programming languages use Windows API features?

WinAPI is focused primarily on the C family, but how do new programming languages use those features without creating their own runtime/interpreter type thing? Do they hook directly into the DLL ...
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How should a GUI application written in WinAPI be structured and organized? [closed]

I've done an extensive amount of GUI programming in Winforms and WPF using C#, and a tiny bit in C++ using MFC. I'm building a personal project using WinAPI mainly to gain a deeper knowledge in ...
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Drawing a custom rendered control in Windows - resizing

Some background: in order to learn GUI programming and drawing in Windows I'm starting to create my own GUI toolkit in Windows (so this is a didactic exercise, please don't suggest "use Qt" or "use ...
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How to fix legacy code that uses <string.h> unsafely?

We've got a bunch of legacy code, written in straight C (some of which is K&R!), which for many, many years has been compiled using Visual C 6.0 (circa 1998) on an XP machine. We realize this is ...
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Know executables files launched/loaded by an executable file [closed]

I would like to know any executable files launched or loaded by an executable file (if possible without running it,if it is not possible i don't want any change in the system). For example i have ...
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how to approach pharmacy software project [closed]

I would like to complete a pharmacy software proof concept. But I have a few questions I do not know. Physician information In order to refill or dispense a new RX the software needs to have access ...
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Need advise for porting linux script to Win command line [closed]

I am creating app(script) that is used similar to RSS reader for specific webpage that doesn't have RSS. So my app downloads that html page in defined intervals, checks new items and parses them into ...
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Modern.IE VM license

Microsoft provides some VMs for testing purposes (advertised on StackOverflow) and I'm trying to understand the license terms. The one I don't really understand is 1.b. You may use the ...
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Accessing a 32-bit DLL from a 64-bit process

I'm aware that it's not possible to load a 32-bit DLL into a 64-bit process. The DLL in question is a ODBC driver which is no longer supported (although it works fine) and no 64-bit version of it ...
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How to determine what throws an exception [closed]

Whenever I encounter crashes, the exact type of the exception usually already gives enough info to easily find the culprit. FileNotFoundException will hardly occur while using sockets. Now recently ...
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Why do some program after installation need the system to be restarted? [closed]

I was asked this question in an interview. After installation of programs on windows OS,some program need the system to be restarted while others not. What is the reason behind this? I googled but ...
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Advantage of monitoring file change using Windows API rather than manually

I developed a Windows software about an year ago. Part of it was to monitor few configuration files for manual changes by user and if any of these change restart a particular service. So, I used the ...
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What are my options for using a C++11 library in a C# WPF application? [closed]

I am writing a cross-platform (OS X and Windows) desktop application in C++11. I intend to use the same C++11 core on both platforms, utilizing native frameworks for the UI (Cocoa and Objective-C on ...
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Non-Recursive vs Recursive Locks?

I am thinking of using non-recursive locks; I have found them to be having performance superiority over the standard recursive locks (e.g. SimpleRWSync). I have mainly been using critical sections but ...
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How to provide a custom ID to a downloadable application?

I've noticed that with remote support services, a technician usually sends you a download link to an executable. When you click on that link, it installs a software which automatically connects with ...
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How to write an optimal LAN messenger software?

I am asking this question as an extension to the following question: https://superuser.com/questions/713409/how-to-message-any-user-on-your-lan I don't think I have a real answer. I found it quite ...
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Proxy to redirect DNS during development [closed]

I am using Genymotion to test an app. The app is basically a browser that connects to my website. I do not have the app's source. I do the development and testing of the website in a domain like this: ...
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Data sharing across processes [closed]

I have a C# .NET app that downloads a users Tweets using LinqToTwitter. This is for TV broadcast - the client wants to show Tweets on air. We have two other apps that need to access these tweets. One ...
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Decouple GUI & Program logic

I have some windows c++ code (pure winapi c++, no MFC etc) that I would like to build a GUI for. My code does not know about windows GUI, it is completely decoupled from any type of UI. The question: ...
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Namespace Extension for Dropbox-like Windows application

I'm interested (for learning purposes) in creating an Namespace Extension for Windows that is similar to Dropbox or SkyDrive. What I'd like to do is integrate directly with Windows Explorer like those ...
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Simple avenues for dynamically building Windows executables

I'm trying to build a Firefox add-on which lets you create executable files which can be associated with a default program or added to the "Open With" list and possess its own icon. I was hoping to ...
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Using the system tray / notification area app in Windows 7? [closed]

Many dekstop apps have this, such as dropbox (windows version). You right-click the dropbox systray icon and there are shortcuts to the features of the main app. Right now, I want to keep it simple ...
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Writing simple executable script on Windows [closed]

I'm a Mac user, but I need to write a script on Windows, and I'm not sure how I should go about that. Here's the scenario: Someone adds photos to a USB drive. The drive is then inserted into a ...
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What format is the data going to Windows print drivers?

I have been tasked with writing a print driver. I have no experience with this and have been researching it for a few days. The goal of this is to essentially write the data coming to the driver to ...
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Intranet application platform decisions wamp vs node [closed]

I have a client/server java application with a firebirdsql backend. This is a pain because I have to install java and the client on every workstation, etc So it is now time to rewrite the ...
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NT Kernel Source

Well, the first question would be: Is it legal to take hold of the NT Kernel Source? If so, proceed to the second paragraph; if not, proceed to the third. The first thing you'd probably ask is "Why ...
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How Stack and Heap is allocated for threads under the same process in Windows?

Stack for different thread is different.but what about Heap. If Heap is different for different threads, then how they share objects?
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Windows Console App vs Service

My Situation I work for a company that builds software for many other companies. When I learned installers weren't built-in with VS2012, I was curious how to deploy. So far, I have just been dropping ...
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How can a website look different in safari Windows and Safari mac?

I have a website. I've been testing crossbrowser on my windows PC, and it looks good in all browsers, but on Mac in Safari it looks like the CSS is not getting interpreted right, or there is a ...
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How many developers on the same virtualized Windows Microsoft machine?

How many c# developers on the same virtualized Microsoft Windows edition is it sensible to have? If everyone uses their own documents and settings folder, should I expect it should be fine? Only ...
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Is there much difference between X86 Assembly language on Windows and Linux?

I'm a complete beginner at Assembly, and my aim is to learn as much as I can to do with Assembly to one day I can reach expert level (I know I'm way off right now, but you never know). My only problem ...
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Preferred location for installing user guides, sample documents on Windows?

By default, the installer for my product copies files to the Users\Username\AppData\local\MyProduct directory (though the user can change this during installation, of course). I want to bundle some ...
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Determine file type and then decompile to edit source [closed]

I'm new to this type of programming, but proficient in web development... looking to expand my palette a little. I have this file. In Windows 7 the file properties window claims its a 'system file', ...
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Is it legal to distribute EXEs inside system32 folder with my product [closed]

I'm developing a product related to printing. To work it properly in all windows versions I need to include few exe (lpr.exe) files from system32 folder. So I need to know it is legal to distribute ...
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SBCL development on Windows, including CFFI

I have been asked to automate the operation of a Windows (WinForms) application, performing some fairly complicated statistical analysis along the way. My first thought was the usual suspects: .NET, ...
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Beautiful user interface vs. more and more technical features? [closed]

I will understand if you find this is more a discussion than a technical question and if you close the topic (then, where would be an appropriate place to discuss about that? thank you in advance). ...
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Best way to process a queue in C# (PDF treatment)

First of all let me expose what I would like to do : I already dispose of a long-time running webapp developed in ASP.NET (C#) 2.0. In this app, users can upload standard PDF files (text+pics). The ...