troubleshooting Question

how not to pass environment to child process by using ShellExecute or ShellExecuteEx

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Evan LiFlag for United States of America asked on
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Hi, experts
I have a question here, I was asked to do but I could not make it:

We are launching default browser using ShellExecute, when using url, with "open" verb, it automatically launch default browser.

Here is the problem for us:
It brings the environment from launching process. Which will causing some problems for the browser.

I have provided following solutions, which are all rejected by the code reviewer:

1>Set back to system environment before we call shellexecute, and then call set environment to restore the environment variables.
2>Using CMD, by using the command "cmd /c <set environments>&&start "link" "",

1> rejected is because it can disturb calling process, 2>Rejected because it need another process.

We do not wanted to call createprocess, because that make things too complicated. So the question is

Anyone knows if there is a solutions to launch a process without inherit environments from parent process? Other than the way that I can think of.

Thank you for any help.

Darrell Porter
Enterprise Business Process Architect

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