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Using WTL with Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition

, 13 Jan 2006 CPOL
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This article explains the procedure for using WTL with Visual Studio 2005 Express edition.


Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition was released on 11/7/2005. It has a great native C++ compiler and a smart editor. The best thing is that it is free. We can use it for our WTL programming for free. I posted the procedure for the same here on 11/9/2005. Now, I am submitting it to CodeProject.

Step by step

  1. Download and install Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition from MSDN.
  2. Download and install the Platform SDK, and update the Visual C++ setting as detailed here.
  3. Update the Visual C++ directories in the Projects section of the Options dialog box. Add the ATL path to the Include files (the path shown is the default, use the path to your actual location):
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Platform SDK\include\atl
  4. Change atlwin.h and atlbase.h in the ATL folder of the Platform SDK install as follows:
    • Change SetChainEntry function at line 1725 of atlwin.h - define "int i" at the first line of the function body.
      BOOL SetChainEntry(DWORD dwChainID, CMessageMap* pObject, DWORD
      dwMsgMapID = 0)
          int i;
          // first search for an existing entry
          for(i = 0; i < m_aChainEntry.GetSize(); i++)
    • Change AllocStdCallThunk and FreeStdCallThunk at line 287 of atlbase.h to the new macros:
      /* Comment it
      PVOID __stdcall __AllocStdCallThunk(VOID);
      VOID __stdcall __FreeStdCallThunk(PVOID);
      #define AllocStdCallThunk() __AllocStdCallThunk()
      #define FreeStdCallThunk(p) __FreeStdCallThunk(p)
      #pragma comment(lib, "atlthunk.lib")
      #define AllocStdCallThunk() HeapAlloc(GetProcessHeap(), 
                                    0, sizeof(_stdcallthunk))
      #define FreeStdCallThunk(p) HeapFree(GetProcessHeap(), 0, p)
  5. Download and install WTL from SourceForge:
  6. Download the AppWizard for Visual Studio 2005 Express from the link above this page, unzip and copy the JS file into the WTL\AppWiz folder, double click it to install the WTL Wizard into VC Express.

Enjoy WTL and VC Express free!

Some Problems

Because VC++ Express doesn't include a "Resource Editor", you will get an error when creating a Dialog or FormView. But, once the project and source files are created, you can open the project directly. If you can find a free resource editor, please tell me.

Comments: rvRoman told us of a free resource editor, and tsehonkit gave us a right link.


  • 1/12/2006 - first submit, for WTL7.5.
  • 1/27/2006 - fixed an editing error.


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Comments and Discussions

NewsFree Resource Editor PinmemberGiermann29-Jun-10 22:17 
GeneralUsing Windows SDK instead of Platform SDK on VISTA Pinmemberfranzzoa21-Jun-10 5:28 
GeneralBuilding x64 with VC Express PinmemberT800G5-Apr-10 7:39 
NewsATL 7.1 available! PinmemberT800G27-Aug-09 12:24 
GeneralRe: ATL 7.1 available! Pinmembertlj499929-Jan-11 15:28 
AnswerDo it like this PinmemberT800G7-Jun-11 9:21 
NewsWTL 8.1 PinmemberT800G12-May-09 11:41 
Generalx64 warning! Pinmemberdataman64bit24-Aug-08 6:43 
GeneralATL only in Platform SDK 2003 PinmemberT800G2-Aug-08 15:26 
Generalvideo streaming Pinmemberagachouch15-Jul-08 11:47 
Generalwindows vista + Windows (aka Platform) SDK + atlthunk.lib + winnt.h errors -- what worked for me PinmemberMember 274734928-Apr-08 5:22 
QuestionVc 2008 express and WTL ? PinmemberIvan Mladenovic19-Feb-08 2:39 
QuestionRe: Vc 2008 express and WTL ? PinmemberKin Hoon4-Mar-08 3:38 
GeneralRe: Vc 2008 express and WTL ? PinmemberIvan Mladenovic5-Mar-08 1:27 
GeneralRe: Vc 2008 express and WTL ? Pinmember9844062216-Mar-08 3:44 
AnswerRe: Vc 2008 express and WTL ? Pinmembertsehonkit23-Aug-08 7:53 
QuestionWTL wizzard doesn't work PinmemberMember 165025331-Jan-08 23:34 
AnswerRe: WTL wizzard doesn't work Pinmemberoromero8-Jul-08 6:17 
QuestionError while creating a plugin for windows media player. Pinmemberamiya das4-Jan-08 3:08 
QuestionPlatform SDK = Windows SDK? Pinmemberreinux8-Sep-07 0:47 
NewsA Guide to WTL8.0 with VC++2005 express Pinmemberwbkang23-Jun-07 8:42 
QuestionOK, but where are atlcoll.h etc? PinmemberCCanadaK3-Apr-07 19:21 
AnswerRe: OK, but where are atlcoll.h etc? PinmemberEd Gadziemski22-Jan-09 11:30 
Questionmissing the atlthunk.lib ? PinmemberFirkraag11-Nov-06 22:02 
AnswerRe: missing the atlthunk.lib ? PinmemberNuno Esculcas9-Feb-07 9:20 
GeneralRe: missing the atlthunk.lib ? Pinmemberppaijwar28-Nov-07 9:41 
GeneralFree resource editor. Excellent. Pinmemberbigshlacker24-Oct-06 21:31 
GeneralRe: Free resource editor. Excellent. PinmemberVladimir Svrkota7-Nov-06 9:00 
GeneralRe: Free resource editor. Excellent. PinmemberBatmanstolemydog31-May-07 10:54 
GeneralRe: Free resource editor. Excellent. Pinmembergreegree2-Sep-07 22:15 
QuestionI followed all the instructions but ... [modified: English error was corrected] Pinmemberpiaoyh30-Sep-06 7:07 
AnswerI found the solution ! Pinmemberpiaoyh6-Oct-06 13:52 
GeneralNot a complete solution. PinmemberEoinoc28-Sep-06 12:20 
GeneralRe: Not a complete solution. PinmemberBaryon Lee28-Sep-06 19:14 
GeneralRe: Not a complete solution. PinmemberEoinoc29-Sep-06 1:37 
GeneralBest Free Resource Editor Pinmemberalgr200014-Jul-06 21:27 
GeneralWTL8.0 support VC2005Express PinmemberBaryon Lee19-Jun-06 14:05 
GeneralRe: WTL8.0 support VC2005Express Pinmemberlog1117-May-07 6:03 
Generalerrors with Vstudio8 express version Pinmemberwolky11-Jun-06 9:12 
GeneralRe: errors with Vstudio8 express version PinmemberBaryon Lee19-Jun-06 13:58 
QuestionCan not insert ATL Simple Object in WTL7.5 with visual studio 2005 Pinmemberjikanyanwin3228-May-06 17:30 
AnswerRe: Can not insert ATL Simple Object in WTL7.5 with visual studio 2005 PinmemberTony Ioanides22-Aug-06 21:44 
GeneralRe: Can not insert ATL Simple Object in WTL7.5 with visual studio 2005 PinmemberJohnnyMalaria25-Oct-06 9:17 
GeneralThank you Pinmembermehrcpp28-May-06 12:36 
GeneralWTL Dialog application Pinmemberamervelic7-May-06 6:00 
GeneralRe: WTL Dialog application PinmemberBaryon Lee8-May-06 6:15 
Generallinking error Pinmemberbasil300019-Feb-06 11:17 
GeneralRe: linking error Pinmemberbasil300019-Feb-06 12:25 
GeneralRe: linking error Pinmemberjas603311-Dec-06 0:49 
GeneralRadasm resource editor problems Pinmembera1233454518-Feb-06 17:49 

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