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Registry key entry....what does this mean?
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Sean247
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January 16, 2017 - 6:53 pm
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Hello here is my question, I apologize if this is explained somewhere else on here but I haven't been able to find the answer at all. In the windows registry I have some keys like this: @C:\Windows\System32\gameux.dll,-10054 and all I really am curious about is "what is the -10054"????? Why is that information so hard for ANY website to explain. I have read about the keys, sub-keys, types, values, I just want to know what does that -XXXXXX (some number) mean? Please help me. Thank you to anyone who can tell me.

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January 16, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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Hi Sean247,

That number is a parameter which is sent to the library which is being called; in this case "gameux.dll".

You will sometimes see the same thing when a ".exe" program is being called.

In both cases, parameters change the behavior of the .dll or .exe being called.

Hope this helps,
Richard

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Hello Richard,

Thank you for answering that it does explain the idea behind the number but is it possible to tell what kind of parameter it is? For instance there are several entries not just for gameux.dll but others also and some have a four digit, some five, some six?

I guess my question would be is there a set standard that is used for those parameters? Does 10054 refer to something specific (time in seconds, or smaller values of time, look in this folder, copy yourself over there) where if it were at the end of another .dll or .exe it would do the same thing?

Again I appreciate your time and patience.

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Hi Sean247,

In order to know the results of using different parameters (switches), I would have to do some research.

Each program/DLL has it's own set of procedures and functions, so trying to send the same switch to different programs will ask for different results or probably will not work at all.

You may be able to find a list of parameters for a specific program, but that won't help you with other programs or libraries.

I can only guess without looking into this deeper, that the number points to a position within the program or library-- most likely a function or procedure you want to run to achieve a specific result.

If you take some time with the Command Box in Windows, you will come to understand switches a lot better.

Richard

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Richard, I truly appreciate you explaining in greater detail. Your first answer was definitely helpful but I love to learn more and that response was perfect. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that.

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