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LINK : fatal error LNK1181: cannot open input file 'user32.lib'

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I am running XP home service pack 2.

Some time ago I did the following (see below), but didn't use the resulting system at the time (as I recall).

I installed the Mjolner BETA programming language system using the Microsoft SDK as described here:
http://www.daimi.au.dk/~beta/Manuals/r5.2.2/install/install-windows.html

Prior to that I installed the free Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 as described here.
http://www.daimi.au.dk/~beta/mjolner_system/system_download.html

Now when I attempt to compile and link hello.bet (a "Hello World" program in BETA) which uses MS libs and linker, I get the following error:
LINK : fatal error LNK1181: cannot open input file 'user32.lib'

There is no file 'user32.lib' anywhere on my hard drive.

How should I fix this difficulty?

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It seems that you forgot to install the Windows SDK. You can download that for free from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A55B6B43-E24F-4EA3-A93E-40C0EC4F68E5&displaylang=en ("Windows® Server 2003 SP1 Platform SDK Web Install") which is the most recent version.
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jkr: You hit the nail on the head! Thanks.
Now I have a minor problem --- some debug info is missing for one of the libs in my Microsoft Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 installation:
warning LNK:4099 PDB libc.pdb was not found ...
where the path that followed this error text was to the lib directory in the VC++ toolkit directory.

I could install VC++ 2005 express instead (which may have the necessary). Or is there a quicker way?

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That's not critical for debugging, but you can download the symbol packages from http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/symbolpkg.mspx
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Thanks again.
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