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Followed 3 separate books - still can't get the simplest Hello World application to compile without errors. Made the project, set all the options (I hope), been teaching C++ for four years.....please help someone. Error msg is "error spawning cl.exe"
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cl.exe is the compiler program.  The VC++ IDE (integrated development Environment) runs this seperate program to do the compile.  This sounds like it couldnt  find the compiler.  Is your path set up right?  Is VC++ newly installed?
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If you are running the compiler from the command line (DOS prompt) or from a batch file you need to make sure the path and other environment variables are set correctly.  This is done by running a batchfile called VCVARS32.BAT.  It should be in one of the VC directories.

If you are running the compiler from within the graphical IDE of VC++, then you need to make sure that VC++'s paths are set correctly.  To do this go to "Tools" menu->"Options" item.  In the dialog that appears, select the "Directories" tab.  In "show directories for:" select "executable files".  Then look at the list of directories and make sure that there is one listed for the BIN directory, like "C:\PROGRAM FILES\DEVSTUDIO\VC\BIN"  (You path may need to be different than mine.)
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