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Windows doesn’t have a built-in function that checks if a file with a given name exists. It can be trivially written using GetFileAttributes or FindFirstFile APIs. Version below uses GetFileAttributes.

/* Return TRUE if file 'fileName' exists */
bool FileExists(const TCHAR *fileName)
    DWORD       fileAttr;

    fileAttr = GetFileAttributes(fileName);
    if (0xFFFFFFFF == fileAttr)
        return false;
    return true;
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