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Listing 2: infcopy.cpp — Avoiding the Add New Hardware Wizard

// infcopy.cpp :
// This program takes a single argument: the absolute path to an
// .inf file that is to be "registered" with the O.S. device
// database. Executing this program makes the O.S. aware of the
// .inf file and all the devices it supports, just as if it had
// been installed using the Add New Hardware Wizard.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <windows.h>
#include <setupapi.h>

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
    if (argc < 2) {
        printf("aborting because arg count too small\n");
        return -1;

    // helps during installer debugging
    printf("Copying %s",argv[1]);

    BOOL result;
    result = SetupCopyOEMInf(argv[1],NULL,SPOST_PATH, \

    if (result)
        printf("true\n");  // helps during installer debugging
    return result;

// End of File

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