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Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me Uses KnownDLLs Registry Key to Find 32-bit DLLs
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(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/EN-US/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
The process of loading a DLL, implicitly or explicitly, invokes Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition (Me) to search for the specified DLL in a predefined order until the DLL is found or all search efforts are exhausted. In Windows 95, the string values associated with the KnownDLLs Registry key have the ability to reset the normal search order used to locate and load a 32-bit DLL to a new predefined order. Thus, a string value that identifies a 32-bit DLL and is also associated with the KnownDLLs Registry key will force Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me to begin its search for the DLL in the System directory, not the current directory.
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In Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me, the predefined order used to locate and load a 32-bit DLL is specified as follows:
When a string value for a 32-bit DLL exists, the new search order in the Windows system directory is as follows:
Name Data ----------------------------------------------- MYDLL1 MYDLL.DLL MYDLL2 MYREALDLL2.DLL
Article ID: 151646 - Last Review: November 21, 2006 - Revision: 4.2