Microsoft KB Archive/43295

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Executable Modules Must Be Processed by Resource Compiler


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) versions 3.0, 3.1


The Resource Compiler (RC.EXE) must process each executable module developed for the Microsoft Windows environment. This requirement applies both to applications and to dynamic-link libraries (DLLs). Failure to process an executable module with RC can cause problems because Windows will use "previous version compatibility" behavior for that application. Windows versions 3.0 and 3.1 display a warning dialog box when the user launches an unmarked application.


An application should be processed by RC, even if it does not have any resources. In versions of Windows earlier than 3.0, it was common practice to create a null resource file containing only a comment to provide RC with acceptable input. The RC provided with Windows versions 3.0 and 3.1 supports marking an application that has no resources with the following syntax:

RC [switches] module.EXE

RC updates the file header to include the correct version stamp information. The switches parameter is optional. One switch is -T which marks an application as running only under protected mode Windows. Additional switches are listed in the Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) documentation.

Additional query words: 3.00 no32bit 3.10

Keywords : kb16bitonly
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Technology : kbAudDeveloper kbWin3xSearch kbSDKSearch kbWinSDKSearch kbWinSDK300 kbWinSDK310

Last Reviewed: November 6, 1999
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