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LockResource function

Retrieves a pointer to the specified resource in memory.

Syntax


LPVOID WINAPI LockResource(
  _In_  HGLOBAL hResData
);

Parameters

hResData [in]

Type: HGLOBAL

A handle to the resource to be accessed. The LoadResource function returns this handle. Note that this parameter is listed as an HGLOBAL variable only for backward compatibility. Do not pass any value as a parameter other than a successful return value from the LoadResource function.

Return value

Type: LPVOID

If the loaded resource is available, the return value is a pointer to the first byte of the resource; otherwise, it is NULL.

Remarks

The pointer returned by LockResource is valid until the module containing the resource is unloaded. It is not necessary to unlock resources because the system automatically deletes them when the process that created them terminates.

Do not try to lock a resource by using the handle returned by the FindResource or FindResourceEx function. Such a handle points to random data.

Note  LockResource does not actually lock memory; it is just used to obtain a pointer to the memory containing the resource data. The name of the function comes from versions prior to Windows XP, when it was used to lock a global memory block allocated by LoadResource.

Examples

For an example, see Updating Resources.

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]

Header

Winbase.h (include Windows.h)

Library

Kernel32.lib

DLL

Kernel32.dll

See also

Reference
FindResource
FindResourceEx
LoadResource
Conceptual
Resources

 

 

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