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

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Do Windows Installers for internal business applications make sense?

I'm trying to build a general understanding for what's common in this situation so that I can decide if it makes sense to pursue it further. Are installers welcome in a typical corporate environment ...
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C++ or C#: Which language is Microsoft going to use in development of future Windows versions? [closed]

I heard almost all parts of Windows are written in C and C++ with some assembly. Why did Microsoft skip C#? Is there any scope for C# in the development of future Windows versions?
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How to port cli c++ program with GNU libraries from windows to Linux

I need to implement some graph partitioning algorithms for my thesis. I have mostly Windows experience. I would like to know if it is hard to migrate c++ console program to Linux. I want to program it ...
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which version of Windows should use I to develop an app

I need to develop a Windows application which can be installed on any version of Windows from XP through 7. Which version of Windows should I use for application development. I'll be using ...
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How to make .exe file from html5 css application? [closed]

I would like to make windows desktop application using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. I am trying tidesdk XULRunner appjs I read the documentations of these technologies. But I didn't see how to ...
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Ruby manager for Windows: Is Ruby's PIK alive or dying?

At first, please forgive probably offtopic and/or notconstructive question, but I truly have no idea where to ask it. At first I targetted StackOverflow there's at least some PIK-related traffic ...
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Technology for C#, Windows, 2D game development? [closed]

I need a nudge in the right direction from someone more experienced in windows game development. I want to write simple C# 2D windows game for fun (think something like old Sim City or Civilization). ...
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Is it possible to create a 2d game for both linux and windows with next to no changes?

I'm starting a project with friends which would preferably reach both audiences of windows and linux. The only problem is that none of us have any experience of linux porting or linux coding any way. ...
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WAN Connectivity between multiple MS ACCESS DB

I have a client that asked me to develop his Windows Application and use MS Access instead of SQL database. I did and now he asked me that he deployed the Application through several of his offices. ...
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Is there any Windows installer maker with decent scripting capabilities? [closed]

I need to do complex dependency processing during the installation of our solution, install a few related programs from their own installers and also probably run a few simple tests to determine ...
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C++ on Windows vs Linux - common issues? [closed]

So far all my development in C++ has been targeted to Windows, however I have always had it in the back of my mind that I will someday be targeting Linux. I am aware therefore of the need to select ...
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Most flexible UI Framework for Windows endpoint?

I am tasked with designing and implementing a flexible UI solution for deployment across a series of "kiosk"-ed Windows endpoints. There is some debate about what is the considered to be the best ...
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How to divide work to a network of computers?

Imagine a scenario as follows: Lets say you have a central computer which generates a lot of data. This data must go through some processing, which unfortunately takes longer than to generate. In ...
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Why can't Windows services have a GUI?

I was using this feature in earlier Windows release like XP and NT. I was able to run a GUI from a Windows service. But it is not possible in the later versions. What is the reason behind the removal ...
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Benefit of C++ to System Administrators [closed]

What benefit could C++ bring to system administrators? I am working on Windows and Ubuntu. If I learn C++, where could I implement it in system administration, Please specify some of its benefits.
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Why was support for Windows XP dropped in PHP 5.5? [closed]

In the release notes for PHP 5.5.0 it's announced that Windows XP and Windows 2003 are not supported anymore: Drop Windows XP and 2003 support. (Pierre) Why is this? Many people in different ...
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What are some books that explain low level stuff like com interfaces, dll injection etc? [closed]

What are some books that explain low level stuff like com interfaces, dll injection etc? Basically low level windows programming. Searching on amazon gives me hacking books/10+ year old books which is ...
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I need to go from Linux to VS2012 fast. Anybody have a guide? [closed]

I need to parallelize a library through the use of a graphic accelerator. I have had no trouble doing similar work on Linux but I am struggling with using Visual Studios 2012. I can't figure out how ...
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Windows Phone 8 development on Windows 7 - is it or will be possible?

I was trying to install Windows Phone 8 SDK on my Windows 7 machine and it hit me with the 'supported only on Windows 8' message. I actually wanted to develop Phone 7.5 apps on Visual Studio 2012, ...
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How to better integrate a unix development environment into Windows [closed]

I'm mostly a Windows user but I do most of my development (essentially web development) using unix tools and software. I've been going back and forth between using a dedicated lubuntu virtual machine ...
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Why do Windows commands allow `-` and `/` switches? [closed]

> shutdown /? > Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e | /o] [/hybrid] [/f] The windows cmd.exe command shutdown only documents forward slash / switches, but it accepts ...
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Is there an established convention for separating Windows file names in a string?

I have a function which needs to output a string containing a list of file paths. I can choose the separation character but I cannot change the data type (e.g. I cannot return a List<string> or ...
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Are there any good python libraries for programming GUI's on MAC and Windows? [closed]

Need a a toolset / framework that I can use to build GUI apps on both Mac and Windows, without too much stuffing around. Any obvious candidates?
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Design patterns to manage multiple windows/screens?

Supposed there is an application with multiple windows, like: Logo splashscreen Connecting... screen Login-usercontrols screen Logging in... screen etc. Is there a design pattern, which allows to ...
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Function calls to calls in windows api

I am a beginner programmer who is learning C. I find it hard to grasp the whole programming concept, thus I have questions. When programming in Windows, how does Windows communicate with the programs ...
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Difference between Windows and Linux development environments? [closed]

I have an interview coming up soon for a Business Analyst position and the recruiter mentioned some feedback from a prior candidate that was interviewed who said the interviewers asked him what the ...
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What role does .ini play?

I am working with a MFC application for the first time and I have lots of doubts the biggest at the moment is What is .ini file and why is it there? What exactly is the role it plays? Can some tell me ...
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Windows driver signing [closed]

My company is developing driver for our hardware. Now I need to sign my driver for 32 and 64 bit platforms. Please tell, now I need to buy Authenticode certificate, right? What CA to use? DigiCert? ...
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WINAPI beginner guidance question

I'm learning to develop windows applications using WINAPI and plain C. Now I got a bit confused with all those handles and would like to ask if you guys could teach me some good practices to structure ...
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What's the simplest way to provide a portable, locally running webservice server application?

We have a large website running that offers a JsonRpc web service. For offline demonstration purposes, I want to realize a portable, locally running webserver with a minimalistic feature replication ...
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What should developers know about Windows executable binary file compression?

I'd never heard of this before, so shame on me, but programs like UPX can compress my files by 80% which is totally sweet, but I have no idea what the the disadvantages are in doing this. Or even ...
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How are new[] and malloc implemented in Windows?

So when you call malloc or new [] from your C/C++ application, how does the CRT translate it into Windows API calls?
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Should Android development be done on Windows or OSX? Is there any difference? [on hold]

I have the option to install the Android SDK on Windows or OSX. Which platform provides a better (easier) development experience? To keep this constructive, I'm looking for any difference that ...
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Where Should I Put Configuration Files?

I'm creating a project that I want to be able to distribute across platforms. I'm writing in Java and AWT which already gives me a pretty large range of devices, but I'm mostly interested in Windows ...
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Why fewer IRQLs in 64-bit, even though an APIC has more interrupt lines?

As x86 computers shifted from 32-bit to 64-bit, they also shifted from using 8259-style Programmable Interrupt Controllers with 8 interrupt lines. (Or two multiplexed PICs for a total of 15 interrupt ...
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Public-private key pair handling on a Windows ecosystem

I've been thinking about how to architect an infrastructure for one of our business applications with the following requirement: Data written by some user can only be read by that user and his ...
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What is a good design strategy for retaining history of user activities and files like Visual Studio projects?

OK so I'm not so sure that "project" is the right term, but for my purposes, I define "project" as similar to what Visual Studio uses, or Microsoft word - files that the user can open and work on and ...
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Multi-threaded application design

I'm currently planning a Windows service. It will be a multi-threaded application which will continuously check for database records and process them. My first thoughts were to set a number of max ...
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Windows Physical Direct Memory Mapping

I'm a bit disappointed there is almost no discussion of this no matter where I look so I guess I'll have to ask. I'm writing a cross platform memory bench marking application which requires direct ...
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Is a Metro application installation restricted through Windows Store only?

I found that Windows 8 allows packaging and deploying of Metro applications and it can be installed by clicking on a ".bat" file. How will it technically be ensured that the applications can be ...
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Where should libraries be placed, in windows?

I have just moved from Linux to Windows, and I have to use the Zend Framework library. Where should the library be placed? Directly on C drive Create a lib folder like C:/lib/ Create a lib folder ...
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0.00006103515625 GB of RAM. Is .NET MicroFramework part of Windows CE?

The .NET MicroFramework claims to work on 64K RAM and has list of compatible targets vendors. At the same time, same vendors who ship hardware and create Board Support Packages (vendors like Adeneo) ...
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Why most use Cygwin and not Uwin?

Most academic researchers I know target just *nix, and rely on Cygwin to make their applications available on Windows. I have tried many of these projects and always found them too unstable for ...
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Win32 and Win64 programming in C sources? [closed]

I'm learning OpenGL with C and that makes me include the windows.h file in my project. I'd like to look at some more specific windows functions and I wonder if you can cite some good sources for ...
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How to prevent piracy on software which is sold online? [closed]

When selling software online what's the most suitable/secure way to provide activation in order to get rid of pirates copies of the software? Is there any well-known software for this purpose?
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Using a DSN database connection is a bad practice?

During all my professional lifetime that I have been programming in Windows enviroments, I advised my friends and coworkers to not use a DSN database connection in their applications, based on my own ...
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Is Cygwin or Windows Command Prompt preferable for getting a consistent terminal experience for development?

The question: Which is better, installing cygwin or one of its cousins on all my windows machines to have a consistent terminal experience across all my development machines, or becoming well trained ...
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Was API hooking done as needed for Stuxnet to work? I don't think so

Caveat: I am a political science student and I have tried my level best to understand the technicalities; if I still sound naive please overlook that. In the Symantec report on Stuxnet, the authors ...
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INI files or Registry or personal files?

I want to save the configuration of my project which includes Screen size Screen position Folder paths Users settings and so on. The standard places where you can save these are configuration ...
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Coding a web browser on Windows using a layout engine?

I've never attempted anything like this before but what I want to do is code a browser for Windows. I know that I can use the web-browser control that Microsoft has released, but I'm interested in ...