Minimal Installation of WinHTTP API

By Susam Pal on 14 Apr 2010

Here are the steps to perform for a minimal download and installation of WinHTTP API for C++ so that we have the the winhttp.lib and winhttp.h files while writing C++ programs using the WinHTTP API:

  1. Download PSDK-x86.exe from Microsoft ® Windows Server® 2003 R2 Platform SDK Web Install.
  2. Run the installer, select Custom installation type, clear all categories and select Microsoft Windows Core SDK > Build Environment > Build Environment (x86 32-bit).

After the installation is complete, the winhttp.h file can be found at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Platform SDK Server 2003 R2\Include.

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