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NT4 Cant I stop / restict a user closing a program?

Posted on 2009-06-29
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Hi there,

I have an app on an NT4 box, if a user clicks the X top right corner to close, and not using the correct exit button in the app, the database corrupts.

Any Ideas?

Question by:antgodber
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You can compile the following script as "StartNoClose" using AutoIT (http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/downloads.shtml).
Then run your application through StartNoClose:
StartNoClose.exe "C:\Programe Files\Acme\acme.exe"
Note that you'll need the version for this to work on NT4.
Skript for AutoIT (http://www.autoitscript.com/)
Starts the program passed as argument in the command line, and removes "Close" from the system menu;
this will disable the windows's "X" button as well, but it will not disable Alt-F4.
Posted at Experts Exchange by oBdA (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_24529579.html?cid=295)
Tested and compiled with AutoIT v3.2.12.1; use Aut2exe.exe to compile this script into an executable.
AutoItSetOption("TrayIconHide", 1)
Global Const $SC_CLOSE = 0xF060
Global Const $MF_BYCOMMAND = 0x0
Func _ParseCommandLine(ByRef $strRunProgram)
Local $i
	If $CmdLine[0] = 0 Then
		$Syntax = @ScriptName & @CRLF & _
			"Starts the program passed as argument and disables the system 'Close' menu." & @CRLF & _
			@CRLF & _
			"Syntax: " & _
			@ScriptName & " <Program>"
		MsgBox(0 + 32, @ScriptName & " Syntax", $Syntax)
		$strRunProgram = $CmdLineRaw
Func _GetHwndFromPID($PID)
; AutoIT code for _GetHwndFromPID by BrettF (http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?showuser=16404), 
; posted at http://www.autoitscript.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=85337&st=15&start=15
Local $hWnd
Local $stPID
Local $winlist2
    $hWnd = 0
    $stPID = DllStructCreate("int")
        $winlist2 = WinList()
        For $i = 1 To $winlist2[0][0]
            If $winlist2[$i][0] <> "" Then
                DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "GetWindowThreadProcessId", "hwnd", $winlist2[$i][1], "ptr", DllStructGetPtr($stPID))
                If DllStructGetData($stPID, 1) = $PID Then
                    $hWnd = $winlist2[$i][1]
    Until $hWnd <> 0
    Return $hWnd
EndFunc ;==>_GetHwndFromPID
Func _RemoveClose($hWnd)
Local $ret
Local $hSystemMenu
	$ret = DllCall("user32.dll", "int_ptr", "GetSystemMenu", "hwnd", $hWnd, "int", 0)
	$hSystemMenu = $ret[0]
	DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "DeleteMenu", "hwnd", $hSystemMenu, "uint", $SC_CLOSE, "uint", $MF_BYCOMMAND)
Func _Main()
Local $intPid
Local $hWnd
Local $strRunProgram
;	When doing test runs out of SciTE, set $strRunProgram to the program you want to start; $CmdLineRaw will contain arguments 
;	from the wrapper in addition to the arguments specified in the View menu.
;	$strRunProgram = "calc.exe"
	$intPid = Run($strRunProgram)
	If ($intPid = 0) Then
		MsgBox(0 + 48, "Error", "Program not found: " & @CRLF & $strRunProgram)
		$hWnd = _GetHwndFromPID($intPid)
; ****************************************************************************************************
; ****************************************************************************************************

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by:Glen Knight
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