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    Anirban Ghosh
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    A Newcomer Question

    Can anyone please tell me what are the differences between Win16, Win32, Win98, Win2000 programming? Is windows programming dependent on the platform I am using?

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    Are Win98 And Win2000 Windows platforms . . . the only ones I know are Win16, Win32 and win64. No it is not dependent on the platfrm you use, the platform define the Windows operating systems that can use your program, for example a Win64 programmed application wont run on Windows XP Pro x86, because it's a x64 program, but it will run on Windows XP Pro x64 . . . I think, I am not really good at this kinda thing, I hope I got it right :P

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    Well, 98 and 2000 are just versions of Windows.
    Win16 is the 16 bits version of Windows, NO ONE uses it.
    Win32 is the 32 bits version, this is what most people program for.
    Win64 is the 64-bits version, forget about his, it is not yet used very much.

    32-bits means that pointers are 32 bits=4 bytes long.
    On a 64 bit platform pointers have 8 bytes.

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