How can I determine if a Win32 thread has terminated?

How can I determine if a Win32 thread has terminated?

The documentation for GetExitCodeThread warns to not to use it for this reason since the error code STILL_ACTIVE can be returned for other reasons.

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MSDN mentions that "When a thread terminates, the thread object attains a signaled state, satisfying any threads that were waiting on the object".

So, you can check for whether a thread has terminated by checking the state of the thread handle - whether it's signaled or not:

DWORD result = WaitForSingleObject( hThread, 0);

if (result == WAIT_OBJECT_0) {
    // the thread handle is signaled - the thread has terminated
else {
    // the thread handle is not signaled - the thread is still alive

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