Using Waitable Timer Objects

The following example creates a timer that will be signaled after a 10 second delay. First, the code uses the CreateWaitableTimer function to create a waitable timer object. Then it uses the SetWaitableTimer function to set the timer. The code uses the WaitForSingleObject function to determine when the timer has been signaled.

#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main()
    HANDLE hTimer = NULL;
    LARGE_INTEGER liDueTime;

    liDueTime.QuadPart = -100000000LL;

    // Create an unnamed waitable timer.
    hTimer = CreateWaitableTimer(NULL, TRUE, NULL);
    if (NULL == hTimer)
        printf("CreateWaitableTimer failed (%d)\n", GetLastError());
        return 1;

    printf("Waiting for 10 seconds...\n");

    // Set a timer to wait for 10 seconds.
    if (!SetWaitableTimer(hTimer, &liDueTime, 0, NULL, NULL, 0))
        printf("SetWaitableTimer failed (%d)\n", GetLastError());
        return 2;

    // Wait for the timer.

    if (WaitForSingleObject(hTimer, INFINITE) != WAIT_OBJECT_0)
        printf("WaitForSingleObject failed (%d)\n", GetLastError());
    else printf("Timer was signaled.\n");

    return 0;

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