revisiting the "What am I running on?" question
roel at roelschroeven.net
Wed Feb 20 15:43:18 EST 2019
Thomas Jollans schreef op 20/02/2019 om 12:48:
> I'm fairly sure "win32" was used on W9x as well.
Indeed, it was used for all 32-bit Windows versions: both the 9x line
and the NT line. There were differences, of course. For example there
are many calls that take SECURITY_ATTRIBUTES parameters. On 9x those
parameters simply didn't do anything.
> In any case it *was*
> correct at the time, as early versions of Python also ran on DOS and
> Windows 3.1. "windows" would not have been suitable.
The API in Windows 3.1 (and 3.0 and 3.11 I suppose) was called the
Windows API at the time, later renamed to Win16 to distinguish it from
Win32 in the newer 32-bit Windows versions.
And then there was also Win32s, a subset of the real Win32 used on
Windows 3.1. And WinCE, but let's not go there.
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