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Per Nilsson13-Dec-05 22:44
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As I've been curious about the same thing, I took this as an exercise, and
if you use ATL for your COM server, I have the solution for you.

ATL includes an object map in its implementation file that includes entries for each class the server implements. The map is located in the COM servers implementation file (named <project name="">.cpp) and looks like this

  OBJECT_ENTRY(CLSID_Creatable, CCreatable)
  OBJECT_ENTRY(CLSID_IsNotCreatable, CIsNotCreatable)

Change the object entry to OBJECT_ENTRY_NON_CREATEABLE of your non, creatable class.

  OBJECT_ENTRY(CLSID_Creatable, CCreatable)

After this, the CIsNotCreatable coclass cannot be created by CoCreateInstance. (Take a look at the documentation of OBJECT_ENTRY_NON_CREATEABLE in MSDN).

To let the creatable class create an instance of the non creatable and return a COM pointer ot it, you can do like this

STDMETHODIMP CCreatable::CreateNotCreatableObject(IIsNotCreatable **obj)


  // CComObject template class is the root of all ATL COM objects
  // The CComObject implements the IUnknown defined methods.
  // We set up a pointer to a COM object of class CIsNotCreatable
  //(that inherits from IIsNotCreatable)
  CComObject<CIsNotCreatable>* instanceOfNotCreatableClass;

  // Then we can use the CreateInstance static method olf CComObject to
  // create an instance of the object. (Otherwise we could have used new)
  hr = CComObject<CIsNotCreatable>::CreateInstance(&instanceOfNotCreatableClass);

  if (SUCCEEDED (hr)) {
    // As we will return an COM pointer from our method, we must remember
    // to call AddRef on it.
    instanceOfNotCreatableClass->AddRef ();

    // Assign the return value
    *obj = instanceOfNotCreatableClass;

  return hr;

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