I'm writing a Windows program in C, and I have a static control which contains a graph that you can click and drag the mouse on to select a range. However, the selection range flickers while you're dragging the mouse around. I learned from Googling this is a common issue, and the solution is to use the WS_EX_COMPOSITED style (overriding WM_ERASEBKGND was also suggested, but it doesn't solve it in my case). The problem is that when I activate this style, it causes CreateWindowEx to fail. Here is the line:
CreateWindowEx(WS_EX_COMPOSITED, WC_STATIC, NULL, WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_BORDER, graphXPos, graphYPos, GRAPH_WIDTH, GRAPH_HEIGHT, mainWindowHandle, NULL, NULL, NULL);
This worked fine when the window was created like this:
CreateWindow(WC_STATIC, NULL, WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_BORDER, graphXPos, graphYPos, GRAPH_WIDTH, GRAPH_HEIGHT, mainWindowHandle, NULL, NULL, NULL);
The error code CreateWindowEx fails with is 0x57 which means "this parameter is incorrect". The documentation says that WS_EX_COMPOSITED doesn't work with window classes that use the styles CS_OWNDC or CS_CLASSDC, so I used GetClassInfo to check if static controls use these styles, and they don't (they only use CS_DBLCLKS and CS_PARENTDC).
I don't know if this matters, but the window that this static control is a child of has the styles: WS_OVERLAPPED, WS_MINIMIZEBOX, WS_SYSMENU, WS_VISIBLE, WS_CLIPSIBLINGS. The window class it belongs to has only the CS_DBLCLKS style.