Thread: opening a program outside of C++

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    opening a program outside of C++

    I need to know how to start a program and get it running outside of my c++ program. I am making a file and need to open it with a different program. I am using dev c++ on Win XP home. I also need to know how you can tell the computer that you have inputed certain keys using c++ and running those keys in the other program. Is it possible or should I just get the user to press the keys himself?

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    CreateProcess() will do it. It has a crapload of parameters, tho. Either look it up in the MSDN help or try this:

    memset(&pi, 0, sizeof(pi));
    memset(&si, 0, sizeof(si));
    si.cb = sizeof(si);
    int res = CreateProcess("path+executable.exe -parameters", 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, &si, &pi);
    If CreateProcess returns 0 (as in res = 0), then the process creation failed. This is very basic as I only recently figured this out. I'd recommend that you read up on CreateProcess().
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