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From: Andrey Melnikov (melnikov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-08-29 07:25:37

David Abrahams wrote:
> the manifest generation step that became required in
> vc8.
It isn't required. It's optional. If you don't install CRT dlls in
WinSxs folder, you don't need manifests.

In VC8 Microsoft CRT libraries started to use Windows Side-by-Side
technology. If you use MSI merge modules to distribute the DLLs, on
Windows XP and later the DLLs are now installed in a subfolder of
WINDOWS\WinSxS folder instead of WINDOWS\SYSTEM32. Because this new
location isn't in PATH, you need to use Side-by-Side manifests (either
external or linked into the EXE/DLL as resources) to tell Windows where
to look for msvcr80.dll and friends.



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