BUG: Msvcrt.dll Does Not Initialize Global Objects

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When targeting Windows CE 2.00 and linking with C run-time dynamic libraries (Msvcrt.dll or Msvcrtd.dll), global C++ objects are not initialized.


If C++ global objects are being used, do not use the C run-time dynamic libraries. Use the static run-time libraries instead.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


The C run-time dynamic libraries were available only with Windows CE version 2.0. Devices using Windows CE version 1.0 or Windows CE 2.01 and later should not use these libraries. The following program demonstrates the problem when linked with Msvcrt or Msvcrtd:
   // Sample.cpp -
   // Should show the constructor message before the main program
   // message. Instead, the constructor message isn't shown at all.

   #include <windows.h>

   #define MSG(z) MessageBox(0,z,TEXT("Sample"),MB_OK)

   struct MYCLASS
      MYCLASS()   { MSG(TEXT("Constructor called.")); }

   MYCLASS myclass;

   int WINAPI WinMain(

      HINSTANCE   hInstance,
      HINSTANCE   hPrevInstance,
      LPTSTR      lpCmdLine,
      int         nCmdShow)
      MSG(TEXT("Main program."));
      return 0;


Article ID: 192536 - Last Review: November 18, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows CE Toolkit for Visual C++ 6.0
  • Microsoft Windows CE Embedded Toolkit for Visual C++ 5.0
  • Microsoft Windows CE Platform Builder 2.11
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