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Multithreading with C and Win32

Microsoft Visual C++ provides support for creating multithread applications with 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Me, and Windows 98. You should consider using more than one thread if your application needs to manage multiple activities, such as simultaneous keyboard and mouse input. One thread can process keyboard input while a second thread filters mouse activities. A third thread can update the display screen based on data from the mouse and keyboard threads. At the same time, other threads can access disk files or get data from a communications port.

With Visual C++, there are two ways to program with multiple threads: use the Microsoft Foundation Class library (MFC) or the C run-time library and the Win32 API. For information on creating multithread applications with MFC, read the Multithreading with C++ and MFC articles after reading these articles about multithreading in C.

This article family explains the features in Visual C++ that support the creation of multithread programs.

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