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I have a function that needs a DWORD as one of the parameters but I currently have that value in a HANDLE.  When I try to cast a HANDLE as a DWORD it says it's getting truncated and I don't get the desired results.  Both are unsigned 32-int so I thought that would have been possible.

Any ideas?

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Question by:Crestline
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by:Jaime Olivares
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That's very strange, effectively a handler is a 32 bit value (many times a masked pointer), so this wouldn't cause a warning

HANDLE someHandle = ....... etc.
DWORD parameter = (DWORD)someHandle;
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by:Crestline
ID: 13446704
This is the warning i get...

warning C4311: 'type cast' : pointer truncation from 'HANDLE' to 'DWORD'
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by:Crestline
ID: 13446715
This is the chunk of code...  Trying to get the Process Handle (not Process ID) of an application.

DWORD pid;
HWND findWindow = FindWindow("WindowsForms10.Window.8.app4", NULL);
GetWindowThreadProcessId(findWindow, &pid);
HANDLE ph = OpenProcess(PROCESS_ALL_ACCESS, false, pid);
DWORD theDword = (DWORD)ph;
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by:Axter
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Hi Crestline,
Can you post the code to include variable declarations?
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by:Jaime Olivares
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maybe you can make a test.
try to create a MessageBox with sizeof() DWORD and HANDLE
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guitaristx earned 150 total points
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I'll bet the error will go away if you disable the compiler's 64-bit portability warnings.
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by:wayside
ID: 13453320
HANDLE is defined as

typedef void *HANDLE;

This would be 64 bits on a 64-bit OS; casting this to a 32 bit DWORD would generate this error.

guitaristx is spot-on.
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by:Crestline
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I turned off 'Detect 64-bit portability issues' and I no longer get the warning.  Thanks quitaristx.

Wayside, thanks for the info.  I learn something new every day!
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