Beta version compiled with -DWINVER=0x0500

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    Beta version compiled with -DWINVER=0x0500

    Hi there,

    When compiled with options -D_WIN32_WINNT=0x0500 -D_WIN32_IE=0x0400 -DWINVER=0x0500,
    why there is NOTE message as "Windows NT 5.0 beta 1 and Windows 98 beta 2.1 were the current versions",
    even Visual Studio Service pack 5 was applied? What does the note mean: beta?
    Code:
            cl -Ox -c -W3 -DCRTAPI1=_cdecl -DCRTAPI2=_cdecl -nologo -D_X86_=1 -D_WINNT 
    -D_WIN32_WINNT=0x0500 -D_WIN32_IE=0x0400 -DWINVER=0x0500 -DWIN32  -D_WIN32 util.c
    
    NOTE: WINVER has been defined as 0x0500 or greater which enables
    Windows NT 5.0 and Windows 98 features. When these headers were released,
    Windows NT 5.0 beta 1 and Windows 98 beta 2.1 were the current versions.
    
    For this release when WINVER is defined as 0x0500 or greater, you can only
    build beta or test applications.  To build a retail application,
    set WINVER to 0x0400 or visit http://www.microsoft.com/msdn/sdk
    to see if retail Windows NT 5.0 or Windows 98 headers are available.
    Thanks,
    Last edited by wow; 03-19-2006 at 12:21 PM.

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    it means that you're using a 10 year old compiler and runtime library to compile your programs which were released before Windows 98 and Windows 2000 were released.

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    Even it was upgrade to Visual Studio service pack 5?

    Thanks,

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    vc6 is an old compiler. Given that microsoft have released both vc2003 toolkit and their 2005 c++ express products for free, there seems to be little reason not to upgrade, unless your hardware/software is a restriction.

    If you favour a non-microsoft compiler then the MinGW port of gcc is very good; dev-cpp is a popular ide for it and code::blocks seems to be growing in popularity as an ide, too.
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