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Microsoft KB Archive/103717

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INFO: Differences Between LINK and LINK32

Article ID: 103717

Article Last Modified on 9/30/2003


  • Microsoft LINK for Windows NT 1.0
  • Microsoft LINK for Windows NT 2.5

This article was previously published under Q103717


The 32-bit LINK.EXE provided with Visual C++ for Windows NT is similar to the LINK32.EXE utility provided with the Microsoft Win32 Software Development Kit for Windows NT. Although LINK and LINK32 have many common options, there are a few differences to be aware of when converting a build from LINK32 to LINK.


The following options are unique to LINK and are invalid for LINK32:


The following LINK32 options are invalid for LINK:


LINK uses the environment variables described in "LINK Environment Variables" on page 80 of the "Build Tools User's Guide." LINK32 uses only the LIB environment variables.

The map files produced by each linker have different formats.

For further information on differences between the Visual C++ for NT linker and other linkers, refer to the section on a "A Comparison of LINK to Other Linkers" on page 75-77 of the "Build Tools Users Guide."

Additional query words: mapfile mapfiles

Keywords: kbinfo KB103717