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ACC: How to Tell If Windows for Workgroups Is Running

Article ID: 103185

Article Last Modified on 5/6/2003


  • Microsoft Access 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 2.0 Standard Edition

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Although Microsoft Windows and Windows for Workgroups can both display the same version number, you can determine whether Windows for Workgroups is running by using a Windows API call in an Access Basic function.


The following example can be used to determine if Windows for Workgroups is running.

NOTE: In the following sample code, an underscore (_) is used as a line-continuation character. Remove the underscore from the end of the line when re-creating this code in Access Basic.

  1. Create a new module and enter the following code:

          '  Declarations section of the module
             Option Explicit
             Const WNNC_NET_MultiNet = &H8000
             Const WNNC_SUBNET_WinWorkgroups = 4
             Const WNNC_NET_TYPE = 2
             Declare Function WNetGetCaps% Lib "User" (ByVal nIndex%)
          'This function returns True if Windows for Workgroups is running,
          'or False if it is not (generic Windows). It accomplishes this by:
          ' - Calling WNetGetCaps and retrieving the net type flag.
          ' - Inspecting the low word of the flag to see if the Windows for
          '   Workgroups bit is set.
             Function IsWFW% ()
                Dim wNetType As Integer
                wNetType = WNetGetCaps(WNNC_NET_TYPE)
                IsWFW = False
                If (wNetType And WNNC_NET_MultiNet) Then
                   IsWFW = ((wNetType And &HFFFF) And _
                         WNNC_SUBNET_WinWorkgroups) <> 0
                End If
             End Function
  2. From the View menu, choose Immediate Window. Type the following in the Immediate window:

    MsgBox IIf(IsWFW(), "WFW", "Windows") & " is running!"

If Windows for Workgroups is running, you will see the message "WFW is running!"

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