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Is there a way to make a C++ program set an Internet Explorer Home Page. I'm using Borland C++ 6 (Personal) Any help (or code) would be appreciated. Thanks!
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by:jhance
ID: 7051883
The IE home page is stored in the Windows registry at:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Interner Explorer\Main

and in the value there called "Start Page".

You can modify this using the standard REGISTRY APIs to be whatever you want.
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by:SCSMART
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Ok... now how do I edit the registry, from C++ Builder. In other words how do you modify the Registry API???
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by:jhance
ID: 7051922
1)Open the key with RegOpenKeyEx():

HKEY hKey;
LONG lResult;
char *lpszNewHomePage = "http://www.experts-exchange.com";

lResult = RegOpenKeyEx(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Software\\Microsoft\\Interner Explorer\\Main", 0, KEY_ALL_ACCESS, &hKey);
if(lResult != ERROR_SUCCESS){
  // handle error
}

2) Set the value with RegSetValueEx():

lResult = RegSetValueEx(hKey, "StartPage", 0, REG_SZ, lpszNewHomePage, strlen(lpszNewHomePage)+1);
if(lResult != ERROR_SUCCESS){
  // handle error
}

3) Close the registry with RegCloseKey():

RegCloseKey(hKey);
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DrDelphi earned 380 total points
ID: 7052239
ScSmart,
  Jhance's is a very valid answer, but it hardly BCB friendly. Try using the TRegistry Object.

For example:
{
  TRegistry *Reg =new TRegistry;
  Reg->OpenKey(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main",false);
  Reg->WriteString("StartPage  "+Whatever the new URL is);
  Reg->CloseKey;
  delete Reg;
 }


Good luck!!
 
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by:SCSMART
ID: 7052643
The above answer is correct, but it needs some changes to be useful in Borland C++ 6

1) You need to #include <Registry.hpp>

2) Here's the source code that works...

{
   TRegistry *Reg =new TRegistry;
   Reg->OpenKey("Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\Main",false);
   Reg->WriteString("Start Page","http://www.msn.com/");
   Reg->CloseKey();
   delete Reg;
}

Thanks all for your help!
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by:DrDelphi
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Sorry... I was doing that on the fly. I don't have BCB installed on my system here in the office. <g>

-Dave
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by:SCSMART
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Thanks Dave, I appreciate it. I wasn't doing it to be mean, I just wanted any one in the future who asked to have the exact right answer.

Thanks again,
Carl
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