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troubleshooting Question

Problem with FindWindow in A Service (Vista SP1)

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Here is my Delphi code:

procedure SendMessageToWindow(msg: LongWord;value:longword=0);
var Wnd: THandle;
  Wnd := FindWindow('myClass', NIL);
  if Wnd > 0 then
       if IsWindowResponding(Wnd,100) then
          SendMessage( HWND_BROADCAST,
               value )

It searches for the handle of a window and sends a message to that window.

The code works when used in an normal application (both in xp and vista).
The code works when used in a service application running windows xp.
The code does NOT work when used in a service application running vista (handle is always = 0).

Apparently Vista restricts Services so they cannot use the FindWindow api function anymore.

Is there a way around this? If not, which other (simple) way to send messages to an application from a service (so the app can go to front etc).

Thanks in advance.
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