craigrow

Hi. My name is Craig Rowland. I'm one of the program managers on the Windows Driver Kits team. I've been at Microsoft for almost eight years now. I've moved around between groups but have always been doing work related to Windows and driver

August, 2005

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    Features, Features, Features!

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    Our first day in Silicon Valley was very producive. We have a whole list of feature ideas as a result of watching customers use our product in their environment. Here are some of the more realistic and interesting possibilities. Please let me know if...
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    Excellent Vista imaging article

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    Thanks again to Paul Thurrott.
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    The unsigned driver warning

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    This is the best story I've ever heard about somebody trying to get around the unsigned driver dialog box. Actually, I get a lot of hits on my blog from search engines where people have searched on strings such as "how to get around Windows logo testing...
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    Warning: long day ahead

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    We're going to Silicon Valley next week. I’m pretty psyched because our partners are flying people in from all over the country to learn about the DTM and our deployment tools. In an effort to get in a full day of work Monday we’ve booked a flight that...
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    Start.com blogs

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    As you know, I'm a big fan of Start.com . It is disappointing to me how little traffic there is on the Start.com news blog . However, if you follow the links to the blogs written by the individual team members you get much better content. Stever Rider...
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    How to write a non-fiction best seller: chapter 4 review

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    Chapter 4 This chapter mostly makes the case that blogs are a better way to get your message out than traditional media because you don't have a reporter in the middle to edit you ideas and get the facts wrong. Also, they make the case that blogs are...
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    DTM Controller must be in the System pool

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    One thing that has thrown me for a loop more than once is the fact that you see the DTM controller in Studio's Job Monitor UI. In order to work properly, the controller must be in the System pool. DTM setup puts it in the System pool automatically, well...
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    Ximage exclusions

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    Ximage.exe is a rather simple interface. If you're interested in more fine grained control over your images, you can get that by using a configuration file. This is a .ini file that enables you to, among other things, define files and folders to exclude...
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    c:\ongratulations.w95

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    See a copy of the Apple ad here . I still don't understand why they ran this ad.
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    No Joe, you're not alone

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    Joe Wilcox remembers Windows 95 much the same way I do. No Joe, you're not alone.
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    Happy birthday Chicago!

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    It was exactly ten years ago, right now, that store keepers flung open their doors to let eager Windows 95 buyers in. They had been lined up outside for hours so they could be the first to own Windows 95 at 12:01am August 24, 1995. Comp USA was feeding...
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    Microsoft Communities blog portal

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    It seems like everyone has a blog these days. The MSDN blog aggregator , I don't know what else to call it, might have been a place you could go, at one time, to find relevent blogs written by Microsoft employees. However, these days there are so many...
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    Great article describing Longhorn, a.k.a. Vista, setup and deployment

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    Paul Thurrott's Super Site for Windows is one I think I've liked to before. Today I discovered this excellent article . It is a bit old, but a good description of the basic feature none the less. The one thing I noticed that has changed, the LDT is now...
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    Buggy drivers

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    If you are at all involved with developing drivers then just about everything Mark Russionvich writes should be required reading. In his most recent post he describes how a buggy driver can result int process which cannot be terminated, even by loggin...
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    I might finally cancel my newspaper subscription

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    I had some extra time this weekend and was playing with my Start.com page. I noticed the RSS feed from the Everett Herald was giving me only sports stories. It appears they have only one feed and the sports are always updated last. Anyway, that got me...
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    Driver Test Manager on domains

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    I've noticed some confusion recently in the newsgroups I monitor about the requirements for running a DTM controller. First, let's be clear, a server or server operating system is not required. Also, a domain or domain controller is not required. I have...
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    Business Desktop Deployment Accelerator

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    Steve Carbone has some new pointers to the Business Desktop Deployment Accelerator . He suggests this is a good place to start in preparing to for Windows Vista and the WIM image format. It looks like this could be an interesting blog to watch.
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    And I thought my posts were nerdy

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    I'm still trying to figure out what level of information is interesting and useful to everyone. The more I talk to our TAP partners the more I'm coming to the conclusion that I need to scale back the technical detail and just focus on helping everyone...
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    WDK at the Intel Developers Forum

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    Friday we loaded up a set of systems with the latest beta build of the WDK and shipped them off to San Francisco for the Intel Developers Forum. Intel asked us to come down and speak and we're sending these systems so that everyone at the IDF will have...
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    Changes in Vista have broken the Automated Software Installer

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    If you're fortunate enough to have access to regular builds of Vista and you're using ASI, you may have noticed a change to the SKU parameter in Vista. The change went in around build 5212. Unfortunately that change makes it impossible to deploy current...
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    How to write a non-fiction best seller: chapter 3 review

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    Chapter 3 I said in my review of chapter 1 that before I started blogging I might have said the authors were over reaching. In chapter 3 that is the case. Yes, it is the story of the Internet as a powerful marketing tool. It is also the power of...
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    Deleting files from a mounted image

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    You may find that you're unable to delete files from a mounted image when using Windows Explorer. The reasons is that, in Windows Explorer the 'delete' operation is actually a 'move' to the recycle bin. 'Move' is not supported by the WIM filter driver...
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    What does "OPK" stand for

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    Since I've started this blog I make it a point to check the search engines every day for key words related to the WDK, DTM, etc. I figure one way I can provide value is to act as a central point from which you can find everything on the web related to...
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    WDK is in the blogsphere

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    This is the best description of the WDK that I've seen in a blog yet. Very cool. Also very cool, most of the site appears to be in Italian. Part of the post appears to be copied directly out of a press release. "We're very excited about sharing this...
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    I Love Start.com

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    Do the shortcomings of your homepage and the lack of responsiveness from the people who own the page get you down? Seven years ago I went to my first Microsoft company meeting. Company meetings were big dog and pony shows back then with every product...
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