Linker Support for Delay-Loaded DLLs

Visual Studio 6.0

The Visual C++ linker now supports the delayed loading of DLLs. This relieves you of the need to use the Win32 SDK functions LoadLibrary and GetProcAddress to implement DLL delayed loading.

You should consider delay loading a DLL if:

  • Your program may not call a function in the DLL.

  • A function in the DLL may not get called until late in your program's execution.

The following topics describe delay loading DLLs: