LINK : fatal error LNK1561: entry point must be defined ERROR IN VC++

Is this a console program project or a Windows project? I’m asking because for a Win32 and similar project, the entry point is WinMain().

  1. Right-click the Project (not the Solution) on the left side.
  2. Then click Properties -> Configuration Properties -> Linker -> System

If it says Subsystem Windows your entry point should be WinMain(), i.e.

int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE hInstance, HINSTANCE hPrevInstance, LPWSTR lpCmdLine, int nShowCmd)
   your code here ...

Besides, speaking of the comments. This is a compile (or more precisely a Link) error, not a run-time error. When you start to debug, the compiler needs to make a complete program (not just to compile your module) and that is when the error occurs.

It does not even get to the point being loaded and run.

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