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Opening the "My Computer" in Win32

webers asked
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
How can I open the "My Computer" on the Desktop within my Delphi 3 (perhaps 2 is the same) program ?
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Another Win32 API to look into is SHGetSpecialFolderLocation (this is probably the correct way to do it, instead of using a hard-coded value for the folder name).

    HWND  hwndOwner,       
    int  nFolder,       
    LPITEMIDLIST  * ppidl      

The value you want to use for nFolder is CSIDL_DRIVES.

I thought that webers wanted to run the "my computer" folder.Aren't you ?

Yes, that's what he wants. My comment is regarding getting the folder name for "My Computer", instead of hard-coding the class name into your program.


Sorry, but I don't know, if that's the answer for my question.  I just wanted to execute the "My Computer" on the desktop.  The same as if you dobleclick on the "My Computer" should happen then.  Did you answer that ?? I'm not very well in API programming. Perhaps you could send me an example ??

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