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Old January 25th, 2009, 11:29 PM
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Default Visual Studio C++ 2008 Express using RegQueryValueEx


I am new to C++ so forgive me if my question is rather lenghty. I am running Vista Home Premium and using Visual Studio C++ 2008 Express (free from Microsoft but without the MFC and ATL libraries).

I wish to access the system registry keys. I downloaded the following test program from Microsoft from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...11(VS.85).aspx

#include <windows.h>
#include <malloc.h>
#include <stdio.h>

#define TOTALBYTES 8192
#define BYTEINCREMENT 4096

void main()
DWORD cbData;
DWORD dwRet;

PPERF_DATA_BLOCK PerfData = (PPERF_DATA_BLOCK) malloc( BufferSize );
cbData = BufferSize;

printf("\nRetrieving the data...");

(LPBYTE) PerfData,
&cbData );
while( dwRet == ERROR_MORE_DATA )
// Get a buffer that is big enough.

PerfData = (PPERF_DATA_BLOCK) realloc( PerfData, BufferSize );
cbData = BufferSize;

(LPBYTE) PerfData,
&cbData );
if( dwRet == ERROR_SUCCESS )
printf("\n\nFinal buffer size is %d\n", BufferSize);
else printf("\nRegQueryValueEx failed (%d)\n", dwRet);

When I try to compile and link this program from the Command Line Prompt with

C:\>cl -EHsc proogram-name.cpp

I get a link error LNK2019 unresolved symbol _imp_ RegQueryValueExA referenced in function main

What am I missing ??

Thanks for any advice.

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Default missing library

You need to link to a library containing the missing function. The function is present in a header (otherwise you would get a compile error).
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