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Getting LINK : fatal error LNK1104: cannot open file 'kernel32.lib' in V C++2008 compiler

Posted on 2009-04-15
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06

i have just started on the basics of C++ and have already hit a snag with Visual C++ Command line compiler

i recieve this error LINK : fatal error LNK1104: cannot open file 'kernel32.lib' when trying to compile using the command line

this has worked fine on another PC running Vista and i have done a search and have found that i do have the kernel32.lib file on the PC in the Microsoft SDK folder in Program Files

any help appreciated


Question by:mattyboy711
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by:Mortaza Doulaty
ID: 24178875
Have a look at your linker setting.
It sounds like it can not link with kernel32.lib
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by:Mortaza Doulaty
ID: 24178883
Check the file "corewin_express.vsprops" which is in
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\VCProjectDefaults
It has a line with beginning with "AdditionalDependencies"

It should be something like this:
AdditionalDependencies="kernel32.lib user32.lib gdi32.lib winspool.lib comdlg32.lib advapi32.lib shell32.lib ole32.lib oleaut32.lib uuid.lib odbc32.lib odbccp32.lib"/>

It must have kernel32.lib

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ID: 24194085
thanks for your replies, the corewin file has kernel32.lib included in it

any other ideas?
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by:Mortaza Doulaty
ID: 24201764
No idea!

In an empty project, try to have this code, the compile it and see errors:

#pragma comment (lib, "kernel32.lib")
#include <windows.h>
int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance,
    HINSTANCE hPrevInstance,
    LPSTR lpCmdLine,
    int nCmdShow
	MessageBox(NULL, "This is a test.","Test", MB_OK);

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Author Comment

ID: 24203015
test.cpp(5) : fatal error C1083: Cannot open include file: 'windows.h': No such
file or directory

is the error i try and get with this project, have tried fresh install of VC++ aswell, think it might just be time to bite the bullet and just use on my home PC rather than my work PC aswell

thanks fro your help
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by:Mortaza Doulaty
ID: 24203130
How do you compile your project?
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Mortaza Doulaty earned 2000 total points
ID: 24203141
If you're using command prompt version, then the arguments should be something like this:
/OUT:"c:\YouExeFile.exe" /NOLOGO /MANIFEST /MANIFESTFILE:"YourManifestFile.exe.intermediate.manifest" /MANIFESTUAC:"level='asInvoker' uiAccess='false'" /DEBUG /PDB:"YourPDBFile.pdb" /DYNAMICBASE /NXCOMPAT /MACHINE:X86 /ERRORREPORT:PROMPT kernel32.lib user32.lib gdi32.lib winspool.lib comdlg32.lib advapi32.lib shell32.lib ole32.lib oleaut32.lib uuid.lib odbc32.lib odbccp32.lib

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