C, Windows 9x/2K/XP

This is a skeleton Windows application that does absolutely nothing, which is more useful than it sounds. Occasionally, applications demand an application to run—Canon’s scanning toolbox is an example—even when you don’t want to run anything. Solution: use a lightweight program that does nothing at all.

I compiled it with the Microsoft C compiler cl and then used UPX to compress the executable down even further.



  1. Flim Flam

    Wrote at 2009-11-08 09:46 UTC using Opera 10.00 on Windows XP:

    Hmm, sometimes my WinXP just sits and does nothing, even when I want it to do something. Does that count ?
  2. DigitalDave67

    Wrote at 2009-11-12 01:15 UTC using Firefox 3.0.13 on Windows XP:

    I usually just create an empty txt file and rename it. :-)
  3. Fsckr

    Wrote at 2010-06-11 20:40 UTC using Firefox 3.5.9 on Windows XP 64 or Server 2003:

    This is perfect. I have a couple of windows keys that are mapped to crap like help etc. Just rename winstub.exe to help.exe (etc) and replace the annoyance.
  4. Shreshtha

    Wrote at 2014-10-16 18:54 UTC using Chrome 34.0.1847.114 on Android:

    I am compiling my application with borland 5.02 but after successful compilation it is throwing linking error while linking my app.exe to winstub. exe with message “unable to open winstub. exe file”