If you have a situation as above or in clear words If an application has a string localized to multiple languages and mapped to the same ID in each language, the correct version of the string might not be loaded on Windows 95 or Windows 98 using the Win32 function ::LoadString. To load the correct version of the string you need to load the string using the Win32 functions FindResourceEx and LoadResource.
String resources are stored as UNICODE strings in the string table. The strings in the string table are arranged into segments or blocks of 16 strings each. String IDs are indexed from one.
The segment a string belongs to is determined by the value of the string’s identifier. For example, strings with identifiers of 0 to 15 are in one segment, strings with identifiers of 16 to 31 are in a second segment, and so on. To move a string from one segment to another you need to change its identifier.
Below is a sample function, GetStringFromStringTable, that demonstrates how to load a string from an application’s string table that matches the default language of the operating system.
wchar_t* GetStringFromStringTable( UINT uStringID )
wchar_t *pwchMem, *pwchCur;
UINT idRsrcBlk = uStringID / 16 + 1;
int strIndex = uStringID % 16;
HINSTANCE hModule = NULL;
HRSRC hResource = NULL;
hResource = FindResourceEx( AfxGetResourceHandle(), RT_STRING,
if( hResource != NULL )
pwchMem = (wchar_t *)LoadResource( hModule, hResource );
if( pwchMem != NULL )
pwchCur = pwchMem;
for(int i = 0; i<16; i++ )
if( *pwchCur )
int cchString = *pwchCur; // String size in characters.
if( i == strIndex )
// The string has been found in the string table.
wchar_t *pwchTemp = new wchar_t[ cchString ];
wcsncpy( pwchTemp, pwchCur, cchString );
pwchCur += cchString;