I found this site which has the WIN32 API documentation as a free download, It is 12.8 MB, well under an hours download time at 56K. It extracts to a Folder of your choice at just under 20 MB.
Here is the link:-

Posted on 2001-08-14 01:43:24 by Mel
Hmmm... my Win32 API Helpfile is about 24mb. Compressed with WinRAR it's just about 5mb :grin:
Posted on 2001-08-14 09:45:14 by bazik
It's an .EXE file, not .Zip. There is an additional help file on the site which is 2.4 MB in size, Added together they come out at about 24 MB the same as yours:alright:
Posted on 2001-08-14 13:05:47 by Mel
I have it in a 12Mb .hlp file..

I find it very handy and to the point... i have it posted on my web page under the help section...

Posted on 2001-08-14 23:55:24 by NaN
Great site NaN,:alright:
Wish I had known about it a few weeks ago. You should plug it a bit more on this site:)
Posted on 2001-08-15 01:45:50 by Mel
Thanx... I have been feeling i havent been giving it enough attention.. but thanx... (most of my progress gets posted on this site, as its easier than typing HTML tags every where...)

*( I should really get one of those handy dandy HTML progies... )*

But thanx again...

Posted on 2001-08-15 10:52:42 by NaN
I downloaded Win32API from NAN. It appears to be in HEX.
How do I convert it to English?
Posted on 2001-08-16 11:27:32 by shankle
My help is 1 GB. It's called MSDN full install.
Posted on 2001-08-16 13:48:51 by Hel

This is a new one for me...

perhaps you dont have hlp files registered on your system (( somehow? )).. Last i checked it works fine..

It should be ran thru "WINHLP32.exe Win32API.hlp"

Im really stumped as to how you would be getting HEX unless it automatically loaded up into a hex editor or somehthing (like UltraEdit will do for non text files)..

Posted on 2001-08-17 17:38:19 by NaN
This reply is for NaN.
Looking at Win32api.hlp without running winhlp32.exe
makes the data come out in Hexidecimal.

When I run it thru win32api.hlp everthing came out as it should.

Thanks for the Help.
Posted on 2001-08-17 18:55:17 by shankle
I wish I didn't put off getting MSDN for so long. It helps a great deal. The two windows books I have are crap in comparison. You can find a cheap version of MSDN on eBay - I got mine for ~$12.
Posted on 2001-08-17 20:38:58 by bitRAKE
This is in reply to BitRakes message about books by MSDN.

Went up on EBAY and searched under MSDN. Got 11
responses about books ranging from 20 to 1200 dollars.

Please be more specific.
Thanks for the reply.
Posted on 2001-08-18 04:12:26 by shankle
Shankle, as Hel says the full install of MSDN gives you 1G of information, this is available from Microsoft on a CD for 17 dollars, I don't know where you are located but my copy was delivered in 36 hours from California to England,
Posted on 2001-08-18 05:24:38 by Mel
This is in answer to MEL.

Thanks for the reply.
I have the CD from Microsoft but haven't been able so far
to get much out of it. I'll keep on trying until I get it.
Posted on 2001-08-18 11:38:40 by shankle
shankle, there should be 3 CDs, or one DVD if you have MSDN basic. You don't need the subscription or other stuff unless you have too much money. :) This is the most recent version I have. I bought it from a nice guy in Canada. I forgot to put a stamp on the envelope, and he patiently waited as my money took two weeks to get to him - now I use PayPal. :)

I'm talking about just the Library - it's the one at the bottom of the page.

Mel, where were you able to get it for $17?
Posted on 2001-08-18 12:46:52 by bitRAKE
I think mel might be thinking about the more-or-less free PlatformSDK CDs?
Posted on 2001-08-18 13:09:29 by f0dder
Is this from M$? Is there a link?
Posted on 2001-08-18 13:33:59 by bitRAKE
This is reply to BitRake.
The cd that I have is the Microsoft Platform SDK
June 2001 Edition (Build 2505).

Since I am looking for the Windows APIs, I am beginning
to think I have the wrong CD. At present I am not able
to use it as I get an error message telling me I need to
be in Win32 mode.

I also have the Microsoft C++ compiler which came with
several CDs one of which is the MSDN Library (Oct 1999)

Maybe I should forget about all of it as I can use the one
with C++ or the one I downloaded (winhlp32) which
I can read with win32api.hlp.

Hope I have not muddied the waters.
Posted on 2001-08-18 15:05:46 by shankle
Yeah, your best sticking with MSDN. I'm not sure what updating will add to MSDN, but I'm assuming that Win2K stuff isn't in there.

M$ has been playing with the SDK installation for a while now. Everytime I install the damn thing, there is a different installer. Just updated the SDK by web a couple of weeks ago - it's now like Windows Update. :( I did manually extract the files from the cab files before, too. If the installer is messed up therre might be a way to work around it, or replace it.

What was this thread about? I can't see the first post - it's too far up the scroll bar. :)
Posted on 2001-08-19 00:16:59 by bitRAKE
This thread started out about the WIN32 API help, I think it's got a bit crossed up along the way,
Posted on 2001-08-19 03:51:32 by Mel