RmRegisterResources function (restartmanager.h)

Registers resources to a Restart Manager session. The Restart Manager uses the list of resources registered with the session to determine which applications and services must be shut down and restarted. Resources can be identified by filenames, service short names, or RM_UNIQUE_PROCESS structures that describe running applications. The RmRegisterResources function can be used by a primary or secondary installer.


DWORD RmRegisterResources(
  [in]           DWORD                dwSessionHandle,
  [in]           UINT                 nFiles,
  [in, optional] LPCWSTR []           rgsFileNames,
  [in]           UINT                 nApplications,
  [in, optional] RM_UNIQUE_PROCESS [] rgApplications,
  [in]           UINT                 nServices,
  [in, optional] LPCWSTR []           rgsServiceNames


[in] dwSessionHandle

A handle to an existing Restart Manager session.

[in] nFiles

The number of files being registered.

[in, optional] rgsFileNames

An array of null-terminated strings of full filename paths. This parameter can be NULL if nFiles is 0.

[in] nApplications

The number of processes being registered.

[in, optional] rgApplications

An array of RM_UNIQUE_PROCESS structures. This parameter can be NULL if nApplications is 0.

[in] nServices

The number of services to be registered.

[in, optional] rgsServiceNames

An array of null-terminated strings of service short names. This parameter can be NULL if nServices is 0.

Return value

This is the most recent error received. The function can return one of the system error codes that are defined in Winerror.h.

Value Meaning
The resources specified have been registered.
A Restart Manager function could not obtain a Registry write mutex in the allotted time. A system restart is recommended because further use of the Restart Manager is likely to fail.
One or more arguments are not correct. This error value is returned by Restart Manager function if a NULL pointer or 0 is passed in a parameter that requires a non-null and non-zero value.
An operation was unable to read or write to the registry.
A Restart Manager operation could not complete because not enough memory was available.
No Restart Manager session exists for the handle supplied.


Each call to the RmRegisterResources function performs relatively expensive write operations. Do not call this function once per file, instead group related files together into components and register these together.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows Vista [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2008 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header restartmanager.h
Library Rstrtmgr.lib
DLL Rstrtmgr.dll