Win32 console, xp,nt,2000 only?

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    Win32 console, xp,nt,2000 only?

    I noticed that there are 2 compile options in DevC. Windows, and Console. I was wondering if the win32 console is only for xp, nt, and win2000. If so, does that mean a program I compile with DevC won't run on 98 or 95?

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    Try it is the easiest answer. I do not use that compiler. All the programs in my tutorial will run from 95 ->, so the issue is not the API's, I'd be suprised if your compiler was making that kind of choice for you without giving you further options to remove any such dependency.
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    Windows 9x/ME have consoles also. Start -> Run -> command -> click OK.


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    oh ok I thought that since XP and NT weren't built "over" dos like 95 that they were the only ones with the console...

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    Nope, it's just that Win95/98 switches dynamically between a Win32 console/DOS V86 process depending on what you run.

    NT-based operating systems (i.e. 2000/XP) don't rely on any 16-bit code and thus only emulate DOS as safely as they can. This emulation always runs under the guise of a Win32 process.

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    The console works on 95/98/NT/2000/XP and all the server versions. The console is created using the AllocConsole API function which is available on all those platforms.

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    don't forget -- console programs are not limited to MS-Windows -- *nix and MS-DOS 6.x also have console programs. I don't know about MAC but I suspect they do too. The only os that I've use that does NOT have a console are WinCE. on wireless devices such as handheld barcode scanners, and cellphones.

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    It is probably worth pointing out that Console Windows are not "DOS boxes", as they are so often called. DOS INT mode calls for example will not work in a Windows console. To do that, you will need a DOS emulator.
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    thanks for the replies

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