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Resource Editor: How To Add Application Manifest

An Application Manifest is an XML file that describes the dependencies that an application uses. The wizard-generated manifest file allows developers to mark their applications with a requested execution level, and defines which of the Windows common control DLLs the application should use, version 5.0 or 6.0.

The manifest directs Windows to use ComCtl32.dll version 6 if it is available. Version 6 introduces new controls and new options for other controls, but more importantly provides support for changing the appearance of controls in a window.

Generate and Add UAC Manifest

1. Download Resource Tuner and open your file with it.

2. Click the 'Add Resource...' button to bring up the wizard.

Add Resource

3. Select the Manifest resource type from the list and click OK.

Add Manifest resource

4. Read the Welcome message, check the sections to be included in the manifest and click Next.

sections in the manifest

5. The wizard will verify a link to ComCtrl and necessary initialization calls exist. Having a link to ComCtrl is optimal - necessary in most cases but not all.

Check link to ComCtrl

6. Fill out the application name and description fields. The wizard generates a visual style manifest for your application using these fields. Follow the instructions and fill in the blanks accordingly:

Application name and description

7. Select a requested execution level. Most applications are built using the default "As Invoker" setting. As Invoker More about the Trust Info section

Select a requested execution level

8. Check the supported Windows platforms to be included in the manifest and click Next.

Windows platforms in the manifest

9. Review the manifest XML code and click 'Finish' to apply your entered data.

Review XML code

10. Check the Resource Tree View to verify that the newly created manifest resource is present:

Manifest resource verification

11. Click the 'Save File' button on the toolbar to save the altered file to disk.

It is recommended to perform all file operations with copies of the originals and then only after you have moved the copies to a separate directory other than the parent or home directory of the executable.


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