RegisterHotKey in Visual C++ 2005. How to use it and reicive information from WM_HOTKEY?

I`m creating a small program in VC++ 2005. This program is a Windows Form Application. Program is almost complete. Currently I`m trying to implement a system wide hotkey in this application. I have searched all over the internet for a clear to a novice user solution.
My intention was to enable and disable a built in Timer using two hotkeys, even when the application is minimized.
From all the solutions I have seen on various websites, I have noticed that hotkeys require the usage of: user32.lib, windows.h, RegisterHotKey() function, onHotKey() function and ON_MESSAGE(WM_HOTKEY, OnHotKey). A call for onHotKey() inside of a message map?

I`m a novice in C++ and Visual C++ 2005.
I`m asking for a sample code, not a link to msdn or google.
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lakshman_ceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
1. Declare UINT variable as ID for hot key
UINT            m_nIDHotKey;                               // hot key identifier

2. Assign a unique value to your ID. For e.g
m_nIDHotKey = GlobalAddAtom("YourApp");
where YourApp is the name of your application

3. Registry the hot key you want to handle
RegisterHotKey(m_hWnd, m_nIDHotKey, MOD_CONTROL, 'M');
m_hWnd - handle to your app
MOD_CONTROL - Specifie that control key need to be activated
M - Keyboard letter 'M' to be pressed
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4. Map the message by placing the code between BEGIN_MESSAGE_MAP and END_MESSAGE_MAP macros

5. Write code inside the OnHotKey method to accomplish what you want when Ctrl+M is pressed on the key board
Like this
      if (wp==m_nIDHotKey && !IsWindowVisible()) {
      return 0;

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AlexFMConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Is this managed application? In this case you can use code from lakshman_ce's post, with two changes:

RegisterHotKey(m_hWnd, m_nIDHotKey, MOD_CONTROL, 'M');
should be:
RegisterHotKey((HWND)this->Handle.ToPointer(), m_nIDHotKey, MOD_CONTROL, L'M');

Message should be handled in WndProc function.

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