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Offline CandCPlusPlus

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Help content for Windows API
« on: October 03, 2022, 07:35:27 pm »
Win32 Windows API offline help content from Microsoft.

The links on top are for Web Archive. This is in case Microsoft ever decides to remove there links in the years ahead. The "MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 SP1" installed with the "SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1" is the best and easiest options, IMO, for use with Pelles C since they can be installed independently.

Downloads:
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://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

Microsoft Win32 Windows API SDK from 2005. This contains help content for the Windows API. This is older than the help content above but it is more lightweight.
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 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://web.archive.org/web/20161227132139/https://download.microsoft.com/download/8/9/2/8928585D-136D-4528-AECC-2F211902A8D7/VS2012Documentation.iso



Tested currently working Microsoft links as of December 3rd, 2022.

MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20955

Microsoft Win32 Windows API SDK from 2005.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15656

Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 help content download.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34794
« Last Edit: December 03, 2022, 08:52:52 pm by CandCPlusPlus »

Offline CandCPlusPlus

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Re: Help content for Windows API
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2022, 02:20:38 am »
The open source Microsoft Win32 Windows API help content on github is a mess. I created this thread to list the links to the offline help content for the Win32 Windows API. This content from Microsoft is *NOT* officially open source.
« Last Edit: December 03, 2022, 08:10:40 pm by CandCPlusPlus »

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Re: Help content for Windows API
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2022, 08:11:02 pm »
If you have found any more possibly useful links, I'll update the original post. I updated the post with a link to web archive for the Visual Studio 2012 help content and I reorganized the entire original post.