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Old 05-10-2006, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do I get XP style controls in MSDev?

I'm writing applications using MSDev 2005 and I can't help but notice that all my applications have the Win2000 style controls instead of the funny XP ones.

Why is this? How can I get it to use the new style controls?
Thank you...
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Old 05-11-2006, 03:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Might be a stupid question, but:

are you running Windows XP? Or Windows 2000?
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm running Windows XP in XP UI mode...
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Old 05-13-2006, 01:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think you have to use something called a "manifest file".. sorry, I don't know much more than that as I've never used one, but I think its just a text file with some kind of description that needs to be in your project for it to use the new controls..
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Old 05-15-2006, 11:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, thanks. Luckily, I figured this out and, yes, you do need a manifest file. It needs an entry that looks like this:
<assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls" version="" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" language="*" />
What's more, according to the Microsoft documentation, this actually needs to be all in one line. This makes no sense since any XML parser should parse it regardless of how you organize the syntax elements so one can only conclude that they're not actually using a real XML parser...
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