Updating Windows SDK static libraries of the DMD distribution

Sönke Ludwig via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at puremagic.com
Wed Feb 15 03:15:40 PST 2017

Am 15.02.2017 um 07:43 schrieb Mike Parker:
> On Tuesday, 14 February 2017 at 20:14:32 UTC, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
>> I would point out that we technically don't support Windows XP. If you
>> use D with it, and it works for you, great, but you're on your own.
> Which is why the OMF libs need to be updated. They're ancient!
>> That being said, I don't know enough about the Windows SDK to have any
>> clue what we should do with it. If it actually requires Windows 10 to
>> use the Win10 SDK, then I don't see how we could include it by
>> default, since we do support Windows 7 (and most folks I know who use
>> Windows refuse to upgrade beyond 7 until they have to, though there
>> are obviously plenty of folks out there on 8 or 10).
> It should be fine to just update the libraries to the Win 7 SDK
> versions. Anyone who actually needs any newer API functions can either
> use the MS linker or do what we already have to do with the OMF libs and
> either manually load them via the LoadLibrary API or generate their own.
> Though, I do recall a discussion on this quite a while ago. I can't
> remember how it ended.

Although the Windows 10 import libraries should work fine for a Windows 
7 application, too. At least the 8.1 SDK guarantees backwards 
compatibility down to Windows 7. The 10 SDK has some breaking changes in 
the runtime, but that AFAIK doesn't affect the WinAPI import libraries.

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