Modifying property sheet templates on Win95

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This code is written to fix the bug in CPropertySheet::DoModal() or CPropertySheet::Create() as described in MSKB article ID: Q158552.

The description of the bug:

(This bug is present for comctl32.dll version <4.70 and Windows95.) When a property sheet displays its property pages, it has to modify their templates. It tries to write into the memory; that works under Win32s (because the resources are writable) and it works under WinNT (because BeginResourceUpdate exists) but it fails under Win95 and raises an Access Violation. If you are not working with exceptions (try/catch(...), __try/__except, _set_se_translator) everything's OK - the OS gets the exception, unlocks the resources (or copies them to writable memory). However, if you're trying to be a good programmer and you add some code to your app to catch OS exceptions you are in a deep trouble.

The suggested fix #1 in the KB article (make the .rsrc section writable) is OK but error-prone. It is not a very aestheticly pleasing solution either.

The suggested fix #2 in the KB article is nonsense - or I didn't understand correctly what it says.

The suggested fix #3 is unusable if you want to have __try/__except. Also, you can't catch access violations when the property sheet is active.

In this article, I offer another solution: I created a CSafePropertyPage class based on CPropertyPage. The one and only difference is that this modified property page uses a (potentially writable) copy of a dialog template instead of just using resource ID. It uses undocumented MFC class CDialogTemplate (defined in afxpriv.h) but you may look up the source code of CDialogTemplate and supply your own CDialogTemplate::Load if you desperately want to keep the documented/undocumented paradigm of MFC.

Attached are the source files - just include the header where you need it and use CSafePropertyPage anywhere you'd use CPropertyPage.

Last updated: 30 June 1998


  • Modifying Property Sheet Templates on Win95

    Posted by Legacy on 02/11/2003 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Gerd Neumann

    Dear Petr Novotny,

    this was my rescue !!


  • CPropertyPage::DoModal

    Posted by Legacy on 07/14/2002 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Daedalus

    I've experienced the problem you mentioned with the DoModal member function of MFC's CPropertySheet class. You suggested that you've created a class CSafePropertySheet, however I can't seem to find the code.

    Would you mind pointing me in the right direction? Meanwhile, I'll try looking through the MFC code that you suggested.


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