Windows 3.1 Developement SDK - How to make a program?

edited February 2017 in Programming
I wanted to make a program in Windows 3.1 for keks, so I got the Windows 3.1 Developement SDK.
I then installed it, and in autoexec.bat I set my path variable to "C:\DOS;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDEV\BIN;C:\WINDEV\INCLUDE;C:\WINDEV\HELP".
I then proceeded to use Windows 3.1's MSDOS-PROMPT feature, and navigated my way to C:\WINDEV\GUIDE\OUTPUT
I copied all of the contents of C:\WINDEV\INCLUDE to C:\WINDEV\BIN and C:\WINDEV\GUIDE\OUTPUT to try silence the "windows.h - file doesn't exist" error or whatever, and it worked! I did silence it!
However, it gives me an IO error when trying to compile the OUTPUT.RC into an exe.

What do I do?
I have verified that C:\TEST.EXE exists, but compiling without it existing and with it existing both fail.




  • The RC program needs the EXE file to exist already.

    I'm assuming your EXE is malformed as it is only 2 bytes long. :)

    Maybe double check for problems in your linker command that produced the EXE?

    Note that the SDK \GUIDE\OUTPUT directory includes a Makefile that you can use with NMAKE (included, for instance, with MS Visual C++), so that you can just run NMAKE with no parameters and it will do all the steps including the RC run.
  • If your using Visual Studio 1.52c then you have to open a file if it exists called makefile usualy no extention the type made when you use Programmers Work Bench in DOS opeen it as an External file and then do the build if all of your stuff is configured corectly it will succed!
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