How do I control and manipulate windows through C++?

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    How do I control and manipulate windows through C++?

    Sorry for the newbie question.

    There are a lot of things that programs can tell windows to do. Are all these things done through the Win32 API, or other c++ libraries?

    -Change desktop wallpaper
    -Change resolution
    -Use audio/video input and output components. (Eg: Webcam)
    -Manipulate registry.

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    and wxWidgets or other widget libraries may be helpful, but as robwhit suggested, I advise learning the basic Win32API first.

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