Removing window border?

In C/C++ LONG lStyle = GetWindowLong(hwnd, GWL_STYLE); lStyle &= ~(WS_CAPTION | WS_THICKFRAME | WS_MINIMIZEBOX | WS_MAXIMIZEBOX | WS_SYSMENU); SetWindowLong(hwnd, GWL_STYLE, lStyle); WS_CAPTION is defined as (WS_BORDER | WS_DLGFRAME). You can get away with removing just these two styles, since the minimize maximize and sytem menu will disappear when the caption disappears, but it’s best to … Read more

Alignment requirements for atomic x86 instructions vs. MS’s InterlockedCompareExchange documentation?

x86 does not require alignment for a lock cmpxchg instruction to be atomic. However, alignment is necessary for good performance. This should be no surprise, backward compatibility means that software written with a manual from 14 years ago will still run on today’s processors. Modern CPUs even have a performance counter specifically for split-lock detection … Read more

How to gracefully terminate a process?

EnumWindows enumerates all the top level windows in a process. GetWindowThreadProcessId gets the process and Id of each thread. You now have enough information to gracefully close any GUI application. You can send WM_CLOSE messages to any window you wish to close. Many windows handle WM_CLOSE to prompt the user to save documents.You can send … Read more