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Posted 23 Mar 2001

Launching Program from Resources.

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A new way to execute programs from resources.


You can execute another program from your application without the need to attach the execution file with your program. The exe file will be stored in the application resources as a bitmap image, and in the runtime mode this image will be written in an exe file.

Once the exe file has been created, there is no problem to run it.

These steps will explain for you how to do that:

  1. From your resource view, insert new resource type, let's call it "EXE".
  2. From the "EXE" type, import the execution file you want to include in it.

Until now, you have loaded the Execution file in your resources, and you need write it in an execution file to be ready for running. Create new function in your program, let's call it Run(), like this:

bool Run()
  CFile f; //This is the file which will be used  as an exe file
  char* pFileName = "Execution.exe";
  if( !f.Open( pFileName, CFile::modeCreate | CFile::modeWrite, NULL ) )
      AfxMessageBox("Can not create file!");
      return 0;
      CString path = f.GetFilePath();
  HRSRC hResInfo;
      //Get the instance handle for this app
  HINSTANCE insApp = AfxGetInstanceHandle();
      //find the handle for the EXE resource    file
  hResInfo = FindResource(insApp,(LPCSTR)IDR_EXE4,"EXE");
  hRes = LoadResource(insApp,hResInfo );   // Load it

      //Calculate the size of the exe file
  DWORD dFileLength = SizeofResource( insApp, hResInfo );
  f.WriteHuge((LPSTR)hRes,dFileLength);  //write it
  HINSTANCE HINSsd = ShellExecute(NULL, "open",path, NULL, NULL,
                                      SW_SHOWNORMAL); //Execute it.
  return 1;


That's all.


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GeneralHmmm... Pin
Tomas Brennan18-Feb-10 16:39
memberTomas Brennan18-Feb-10 16:39 
Questionhow can in insert my exe file in a bitmap Pin
sepel16-Feb-07 1:09
membersepel16-Feb-07 1:09 
GeneralTemporary Pin
Nnuller24-Mar-04 23:43
memberNnuller24-Mar-04 23:43 
GeneralBad idea Pin
Andreas Saurwein13-Feb-03 7:12
memberAndreas Saurwein13-Feb-03 7:12 
QuestionPut into temp directory? Pin
Harold Bamford1-Nov-02 14:06
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