The waveOutUnprepareHeader function cleans up the preparation performed by the waveOutPrepareHeader function. This function must be called after the device driver is finished with a data block. You must call this function before freeing the buffer.

MMRESULT waveOutUnprepareHeader(
  HWAVEOUT hwo,  
  UINT cbwh      



Handle to the waveform-audio output device.


Pointer to a WAVEHDR structure identifying the data block to be cleaned up.


Size, in bytes, of the WAVEHDR structure.

Return Values

Returns MMSYSERR_NOERROR if successful or an error otherwise. Possible error values include the following.

Value Description
MMSYSERR_INVALHANDLE Specified device handle is invalid.
MMSYSERR_NODRIVER No device driver is present.
MMSYSERR_NOMEM Unable to allocate or lock memory.
WAVERR_STILLPLAYING The data block pointed to by the pwh parameter is still in the queue.


This function complements waveOutPrepareHeader. You must call this function before freeing the buffer. After passing a buffer to the device driver with the waveOutWrite function, you must wait until the driver is finished with the buffer before calling waveOutUnprepareHeader.

Unpreparing a buffer that has not been prepared has no effect, and the function returns zero.


  Windows NT/2000/XP: Included in Windows NT 3.1 and later.
  Windows 95/98/Me: Included in Windows 95 and later.
  Header: Declared in Mmsystem.h; include Windows.h.
  Library: Use Winmm.lib.

See Also

Waveform Audio, Waveform Functions, waveOutPrepareHeader, WAVEHDR, waveOutWrite