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    how can i run an .exe using C++?

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    try this:

    #include <shellapi.h> //You must link with shell32.lib

    HINSTANCE ShellExecute(
    HWND hwnd,
    LPCTSTR lpVerb,
    LPCTSTR lpFile,
    LPCTSTR lpParameters,
    LPCTSTR lpDirectory,
    INT nShowCmd
    );

    where hwnd is the parent window
    lpVerb is the verb, I mean what you want the function to do, you can set it to

    "edit" Opens an editor. If lpFile is not a document file, the function will fail.

    "explore" The function explores the folder specified by lpFile.

    "open" The function opens the file specified by the lpFile parameter. The file can be an executable file or a document file. It can also be a folder.

    "print" The function prints the document file specified by lpFile. If lpFile is not a document file, the function will fail.

    "properties" Displays the file or folder's properties.

    I think the rest are self-explanatory, except for nShowCmd, you can set it to

    SW_HIDE Hides the window and activates another window.
    SW_MAXIMIZE Maximizes the specified window.
    SW_MINIMIZE Minimizes the specified window and activates the next top-level window in the z-order.
    SW_RESTORE Activates and displays the window. If the window is minimized or maximized, Windows restores it to its original size and position. An application should specify this flag when restoring a minimized window.
    SW_SHOW Activates the window and displays it in its current size and position.
    SW_SHOWDEFAULT Sets the show state based on the SW_ flag specified in the STARTUPINFO structure passed to the CreateProcess function by the program that started the application. An application should call ShowWindow with this flag to set the initial show state of its main window.
    SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED Activates the window and displays it as a maximized window.
    SW_SHOWMINIMIZED Activates the window and displays it as a minimized window.
    SW_SHOWMINNOACTIVE Displays the window as a minimized window. The active window remains active.
    SW_SHOWNA Displays the window in its current state. The active window remains active.
    SW_SHOWNOACTIVATE Displays a window in its most recent size and position. The active window remains active.
    SW_SHOWNORMAL Activates and displays a window. If the window is minimized or maximized, Windows restores it to its original size and position. An application should specify this flag when displaying the window for the first time.

    if successful, it returns a value grater than 32


    Good Luck
    Oskilian

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