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Windows folder--win95 vs. Win98???

Posted on 1998-09-10
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I have the need to capture into a variable the path to the
Windows folder--that is, the folder where windows.exe and
.ini files are stored. I've tried this approach to get it:

     WinPath = environ("windir")

which I picked up from a help file somewhere. It works fine
when run on any PC with Windows 95, but it crashes with
the following error message when run on a Windows 98 PC:

     "Can't find project or library"

After this, VBA goes into the debug mode and highlights my
line with the environ() function. Is Windows 98 structured
significantly different from Windows 95 (I have Win95 on my
PC)? Microsoft does not seem to care about documenting
arguments usable with environ(), so I'm stuck.

Anybody know what's going on here?
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Question by:JimKirby
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bjbenoit earned 100 total points
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you may want to consider using the Windows API to get the informaion.

Private Declare Function GetWindowsDirectory _
  Lib "kernel32" _
  Alias "GetWindowsDirectoryA" _
  (ByVal lpBuffer As String, _
    ByVal nSize As Long) _
  As Long

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by:wj7ster
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Declare this is the declaration section of a form:


Private Declare Function GetWindowsDirectory Lib "kernel32" Alias "GetWindowsDirectoryA" (ByVal lpBuffer As String, ByVal nSize As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function GetSystemDirectory Lib "kernel32" Alias "GetSystemDirectoryA" (ByVal lpBuffer As String, ByVal nSize As Long) As Long


Put this code somewhere in a procedure:
   
Dim sBuffer     As String
Dim lSize       As Long
Dim lRet        As Long
Dim sWinDir     As String
Dim sSysDir     As String

' * * * * * * *

    lSize = 255
    sBuffer = String$(lSize, Chr$(0))
   
    ' Get Windows Directory
    lRet = GetWindowsDirectory(sBuffer, lSize)
    sWinDir = Left$(sBuffer, lRet)
   
    ' Reset buffer
    sBuffer = String$(lSize, Chr$(0))
   
    ' Get System Directory
    lRet = GetSystemDirectory(sBuffer, lSize)
    sSysDir = Left$(sBuffer, lRet)
   
    ' You can now use the variables 'sWinDir' and 'sSysDir'


I believe that this should work under Win98 as well, although I haven't tested it under Win98.

Hope this helps...

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by:JimKirby
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The code in bjbenoit's answer works perfectly in Win95
environment. I've sent it out for testing by a friend who has
Win98, but I can't see why it shouldn't work the same there.

Now, I must progress to an understanding of the mysteries
of the Windows API and the syntax of the Declare statement.

Thank you, bjbenoit!
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