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

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Strategies for porting application from Win32 API to GTK+

I have a legacy application written in C, using the raw Win32 API. The general level of abstraction is low and raw dependency on <windows.h> is common. I would like to port this application to ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Switching to Windows Identity Foundation - Should we use the SQL Server role and membership provider?

We have an application which uses SQL Server as the back end. It was client server based, now it will be web based. Our implementation to logon was a user ID and password hash/salt stored in the ...
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Distribution Licensing for Windows XP Junction tool

My application needs to create a directory symbolic link in Windows XP to get around the file path length limitation of ~256 characters. Windows XP does not have this functionality built-in. I had ...
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benchmarks for quasi real-time software

I'm wondering if there is any benchmarks which can help to understand real-time characteristics (response time) of non-real-time software. For instance C# application on Windows or MSSQL Server. I ...
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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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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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Will Metro-style Apps replace Desktop Apps? [closed]

Microsoft Windows8 supports new Metro-style apps, and Metro apps don't use Win32; they run on WinRT. I wonder if the Metro-style Apps was invented for only tablets. Does Microsoft hope that ...
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What are good reasons to drop Windows XP support? [closed]

Recently the software team in my company decide to use VS2012 (upgrade from VS2008) but we found out that VS2012 does not provide a nice support for Windows XP (e.g. really hard to deploy .Net 3.5 ...
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Why exclusively UNIX is taught at universities' operating systems courses? [closed]

I'm not sure this question can be asked here, but nevertheless. Almost each operating systems or systems programming course is taught using UNIX only. I wonder what are the reasons for this? Why ...
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Why does every installer on Windows have to be run with elevated privileges?

The current tendency to ship even the smallest applications (like simple games, tools, etc.) as a Windows Installer (.msi) or even with .exe that can do virtually anything is very annoying. After the ...
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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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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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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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Building old 32-bit Visual Studio 2003 projects on 64-bit Windows [closed]

I'm working with a legacy product build environment that depends on (among other things) Microsoft Visual Studio .Net 2003. We're updating our build environment to use 64-bit machines, since our ...
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How Would I Start With Prolog? [closed]

If I wanted to start learning Prolog on Windows, is there any package that would integrate Prolog into Visual Studio 2010? That is, a compiler and templates and so forth for working with Prolog on ...
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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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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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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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Visual Studio c++ Windows forms?

I've been slacking off with learning how to program because I'm at my wits end trying to figure out the next step. I want to be able to create forms applications just to test random things and give ...
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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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Small self-contained windows desktop application technologies? [closed]

Firstly, I'm not new to this. I've written desktop applications for Windows going back to 1991 with Visual Basic 3.0. I've used C/C++ and Win32 API, VB3-6, C# 1.0-4.0 and currently knock out web ...
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Somewhere to put miscellaneous files

We want to be able to offer users of our software the facility of having a miscellaneous folder for each of their clients. All these client folders would be stored together in another folder called ...
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Windows OS design decisions [closed]

I've seen an interview with Richard Stallman some time ago, and he was asked a question about security and Windows OS which he answered saying that there are some relatively bad design decisions that ...
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Porting Software [closed]

I would like to know what would be needed to study and understand in terms of computing platforms and OS (Linux, Mac OS X and Windows) to become a software porting engineer.
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What's better than outputdebugstring for windows debugging?

So, before I came to my current place of employment, the windows OutputDebugString function was completely unheard of, everyone was adding debug messages to string lists and saving them to file or ...
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Sync csv file using nodejs

There is a remote csv file that gets updated every second or so. I need to download it(on a Windows machine) ONCE and always sync local file with the remote one. Obviously, downloading the whole ...
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Working with windows Functions for Recovering Shift+Delete files

I am making software for recovering Shift+Delete files from Windows. I know when files are deleted only links to them are cut off by Windows but the actual file remains there at the same place, so ...
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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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metro style on windows and android

I want to develop a rather simple app using windows 8 metro style for GUI. But i need this app to have the same appearance, GUI, for both platforms, so that end users that uses it both on PC and a ...
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How does GDI/+ work and can it be replaced with my own code?

On wikipedia it says that GDI is an API and core operating system component responsible for representing graphical objects and transmitting them to output devices. I'm not finding much on what GDI+ ...
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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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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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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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VLOOKUP using batch scripting [migrated]

I am new to scripting and perform lot of activity as an analyst using excel sheets. I have two files with list of items in it. File1 contains 1 column File2 contains 2 columns. I want to check if ...
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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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How do I make a window that acts as a middleman between a client program's IO and the user's IO?

For Windows 7, in any of the tagged languages (vb.net, C#, Java) would it be possible to have a (100*ratio)x100 px^2 "middle" window that would be able to: Copy a windows's graphics data ...
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How to ensure correct message ordering in the subscriber using Windows Service Bus for Server?

Scenario: We set up a single topic and a single subscription with a single subscriber, and send two messages to the topic. The first message is received by the subscriber. For the purpose of this ...
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What should I be using to store data in a legacy web development project? [closed]

I'm currently working on a project that uses a Webserver running in Windows CE 6.0. Since this server only supports classic ASP (i.e, no PHP, ASP.NET, etc.)/ I plan to use XML as the database. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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', ...