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Shipping with Winsock DLL

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Here's a quick and simple question. If I develop an application that uses WinSock for networking (such as a multiplayer game), can I include the Winsock DLL file in my install? Or do I have to simply instruct the user on how to download the latest Winsock files. It would be best for the user if the DLL was simply copied to my program's directory, but I'm not entirely sure if I'm allowed to ship this file (legal reasons or whatever). Thanks for any help.

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Why do you think the user needs to install WinSock? WinSock 2.2 is available on any version of Windows that you're likely to want to support.

If you really want the redistributable, you can search for "winsock redistributable" on the MSDN site, and find this link.

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If I remember well, only Win95 didn't had Winsock 2.2 natively but it was available through an update.

Gizz

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WinSock 2.2 is available on any version of Windows


That's funny. I have (or rather had) a Win98 machine with all the updates, that I tested a WinSock app on and it wouldn't run unless I copied the WinSOck dll over to the program's directory. Although maybe I just setup the computer wrong and somehow WinSock didn't get installed (that's very possible, it was a new install).

Anyway, thanks for the info. It must have just been the '98 computer that I setup incorectly.

-Walter

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OK, so I tried a fresh install of Win98 on a computer just to see if it would work out and it did. So it must have been some crazy problem with that one computer and I just assumed Win98 didn't ship with WinSock2.

So thanks again for your time and sorry to bother you with this,
Walter.

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