InternetAttemptConnect function (wininet.h)

Attempts to make a connection to the Internet.


DWORD InternetAttemptConnect(
  [in] DWORD dwReserved


[in] dwReserved

This parameter is reserved and must be 0.

Return value

Returns ERROR_SUCCESS if successful, or a system error code otherwise.


This function allows an application to first attempt to connect before issuing any requests. A client program can use this to evoke the dial-up dialog box. If the attempt fails, the application should enter offline mode.

Like all other aspects of the WinINet API, this function cannot be safely called from within DllMain or the constructors and destructors of global objects.

Note  WinINet does not support server implementations. In addition, it should not be used from a service. For server implementations or services use Microsoft Windows HTTP Services (WinHTTP).


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header wininet.h
Library Wininet.lib
DLL Wininet.dll

See also

Enabling Internet Functionality

WinINet Functions