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    John E is offline Elite Member Power Poster
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    Building for older libraries

    VS2019 can build projects originally intended for earlier versions - so for example I could build a DLL which needed to link to VS2015 libraries - BUT...

    Does it literally build with VS2015 or does it still build with VS2019 but adjusting the memory management and name-mangling etc so that my own project will be able to link against the VS2015 libraries?
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    Re: Building for older libraries

    VS2019 can build for VS2015, VS2017 & VS2019 - if the required build tools have been installed via VS Installer. AFAIK it builds for 2015/2017 as if the build had been done with those versions using that version of the CRT etc. Building for VS2015 should allow that project to link to VS2015 libraries - although I haven't tried it.
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