Using WinHTTP as a Side-by-side Assembly
On Windows Server 2003, WinHTTP is implemented as a side-by-side assembly, and must be linked to as such. Note that this does not apply to Windows Vista and later.
Starting with Microsoft Windows XP, a side-by-side assemblies mechanism was provided to control run-time linking to avoid dynamic-link-library (DLL) versioning conflicts. For information about side-by-side assemblies, see About Isolated Applications and Side-by-side Assemblies.
To use this mechanism to link to WinHTTP version 5.1 on Windows Server 2003, an application must incorporate a manifest that specifies WinHTTP as a dependent assembly. See Using Side-by-side Assemblies for more information about how to do this.
The sample manifest below illustrates an application manifest that can be used for linking to WinHTTP.
All attributes except "type" of the "<assembly><assemblyIdentity>" must be modified as appropriate for your particular application. The same goes for the contents of the "<description>" element.
In addition, make sure that the "processorArchitecture" attribute of the "<dependentAssembly><assemblyIdentity>" matches the "processorArchitecture" attribute of the "<assembly><assemblyIdentity>". Below, for example, both are set to "x86".
All values not specific to your application should take the forms shown below.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0"> <assemblyIdentity version="184.108.40.206" processorArchitecture="x86" name="Microsoft.Windows.Sample" type="win32" /> <description>Sample WinHttp Application</description> <dependency> <dependentAssembly> <assemblyIdentity type="win32" name="Microsoft.Windows.WinHTTP" version="220.127.116.11" processorArchitecture="x86" publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df" language="*" /> </dependentAssembly> </dependency> </assembly>