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Offline CandCPlusPlus

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Help content for Windows API
« on: October 03, 2022, 07:35:27 pm »
The open source Microsoft Win32 API help content on github is a mess. Considering that, I thought I'd create a thread with links to offline help content for the Win32 API. This content from Microsoft is *NOT* officially open source. I'll post more links as I find them over time and update this thread.

MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 SP1. This does *NOT* require Visual Studio and it does not require the Help Viewer.  I believe it requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. It can be installed on a computer with Pelles C. The documentation is thorough. It's old but it should, in theory, be relevant and accurate with over 95% of the Windows API.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20955

Web Archive link. In case Microsoft ever decides to remove it in the years ahead.
https://web.archive.org/web/20200803211546/https://download.microsoft.com/download/1/f/0/1f07c259-7ff2-4902-9205-ad1dfb87ccab/VS2008SP1MSDNENUX1506188.iso


The SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 contains slightly newer Win32 Windows API help content that updates the "MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 SP1" help content. The "MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 SP1" should be installed first to have a full variety of Windows API help content.
https://web.archive.org/web/20130601061428if_/http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/E/9/2E911956-F90F-4BFB-8231-E292A7B6F287/GRMSDKX_EN_DVD.iso


This SDK from 2005 contains help content for the Windows API. This is older than the help content above but it is more lightweight.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15656

Web Archive link. In case Microsoft ever decides to remove it in the years ahead.
https://web.archive.org/web/20220804201102/https://download.microsoft.com/download/7/5/e/75ec7f04-4c8c-4f38-b582-966e76602643/5.2.3790.1830.15.PlatformSDK_Svr2003SP1_rtm.img


Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 help content download. The Visual Studio 2012 help content appears to contain fairly complete help content for the Windows API and requires the help viewer.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34794
« Last Edit: October 26, 2022, 02:21:47 am by CandCPlusPlus »

Offline CandCPlusPlus

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Re: Help content for Windows API
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2022, 02:20:38 am »
I updated this post with the SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1