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Hello people,

I have written a program wich shuts down a win95 pc
using delphi. i use the function exitwindowsex
i do a forced shutdown (no questions) just shutdown.

but when i do this i get an GPF when a certain program is active, 'it is a client program from take control of that pc' and now for the question.

i want to 'terminate' this program, before the ExitWindowsEx
in only know it's title "PC-Duo Client". when i do a CTRL-ALT-DEL and then terminate that task everything works fine.

Thanx in advance,

Mories
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Pegasus100397 earned 200 total points
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Mories,

Use the ExitProcess() or TerminateProcess() API functions. They will do what you are looking to accomplish. With TerminateProcess you will first have to get the window handle of the program (PC-Duo Client). ExitProcess is prefered (clean shutdown of the task) and TerminateProcess is the sledgehammer approach.

Good luck with your project!
Pegasus
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by:mories
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hello pegasus

can you give me an example how to do this ?

i tried this...

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  h : Thandle;
begin
  h := FindWindow('ExploreWClass','Verkenner - (C:)');
  ShowWindow(h,SW_MAXIMIZE);
  TerminateProcess(h,0);
end;

the showWindow function works, but i cannot get the terminateProcess fuction to work.
do i need to do something else

thanx again

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Mories,

Before we use TerminateProcess and / or ExitProcess, let's try the "recommended" approach to the orderly shutdown. Try this (works for notepad!) :)

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
h : Thandle;
begin
h := FindWindow('notepad','Untitled - Notepad');
If h > 0 then
   Begin
     ShowWindow(h,SW_MAXIMIZE);
     SendMessage(h, WM_CLOSE,0,0); {Tell the app to shut down}
   end
else
   Showmessage('Window was not found to terminate');
end;


Regards,
Pegasus
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by:mories
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Thanx, last solution works great for my pc-duo program !!
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