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

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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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How complete and mature is PyWin32? [closed]

I am considering utilizing Python for creating an application. The purpose of this application is solely to interact with the Windows API. My question, therefore, is: Is PyWin32 mature and complete ...
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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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Sharing dlls in a software deployment

We are moving our software project from the practically auto-creating Visual Studio Installer in Visual Studio 2010 to a WiX installer. I'd like to use this change to make sure things are right. The ...
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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 do I preview my mobile web application on a Windows 7 PC?

I am developing a mobile web application that may be browsed in an iPhone. I would like to test this application, but I lack a mobile web device. How can I test this mobile application on a Windows 7 ...
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Changing OS parameters from Java source code

Can I design my program so that it will automatically change OS's hotkeys parameters? I mean, when installing a program, it will set the hotkey of OS so that if you press them, the program itself ...
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How to run a F# app in Windows Azure?

I have a project that requires me to write a library management system in F# and using Windows Azure for the development. I am quite new to Cloud concept and i don't know what to do as a next step. Is ...
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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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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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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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Concepts used for cross platform development [closed]

Could someone help me to understand how do developers create software that run on windows, linux, and Mac OS X? I am just starting out and have come to the conclusion that I am at a loss for terms to ...
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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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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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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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Should Android development be done on Windows or OSX? Is there any difference? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Webcam software for both Windows and Linux – possible? [closed]

my visually impaired sister uses a webcam with DIY stand as a digital magnifier to read printed texts. We wanted to initiate a project to create a software - in fact only a modified webcam viewer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...