Link or Load 16/24 bit bitmaps!!

I have a problem, i dont want the bmp's messing around in the software dir
i want to put the pictures for my app in a RESOURCE fil or link them
but Image editor "Resource file" Only supports 256colors,
so HOW do i make a XX file and how do i load from the file, i need some
for making a DATA file for my graphic data, and a reader"loader"!

BTW: Anyone have some DirectX 5 code, becuse i only have some old
         sh*t for version 2, and they CRUSH delphi!!

BrainWare SoftWare Development Denmark