Thread: Windows 98 api vs windows XP

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    Windows 98 api vs windows XP

    [stupid question]
    I have Charles Petzold's guide to the windows 98 api, this doesn't mean that I can't use it with xp right?
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    Most of the functions will still work because of backwards-compatibility , but I'm sure there are some XP specific ones at your disposale now.
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    yes, the only difference is that there are new functions available in the API for XP, you can write a program to use them but if you try to run it on a Win32 platform that doesnt support that function it will error, there is a way around this so you can decide which function to call but it might be a little over your head right now.
    Due not that in each release of windows that some functions becomre obsolete and replaced but are still there and available for backwards compatability.
    Last edited by xds4lx; 09-28-2002 at 06:31 PM.
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    If I were you I would install 98 instead of XP. I used this book
    as a reference to program my latest application and after I finished I was surprised that it didn't work well on XP. Probably stock objects or at least DEFAULT_GUI_FONT is managed in a different way in XP than it is in 98.

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