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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

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    First day of hands-on lab for TAP partners

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    The room was packed to capacity, ok beyond capacity, for the first day of the hands-on lab. As far as I can see all of the scheduling and technical stuff is going very smoothly. It's really exciting to see this many people dedicating this much time to...
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    Handy little switch of the day

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    It is common to install a test OS via ASI then discover that that build you just installed has a bad NIC driver or even no NIC driver for the NIC in your test system. I've described earlier how you can install the NIC driver automatically via ASI. That...
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    Technology over product

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    One of the cardinal sins of product development is creating a product to take advantage of the latest wiz-bang technology and ending up with a product that is really cool and really technologically advanced but a product that nobody wants. I just found...
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    More SDV Links: thanks Steve.

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    Thanks to Steve Dispensa for the link to this article on Static Driver Verifier. The article also links here , where you'll find most of the "official" information on SDV.
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    Excellent new article on Ximage from Jerry Honeycutt on Technet

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    Here . This is the first time I've seen someone, other than myself, discuss the advantages of file based images, such as single instancing, image maintenance and non-destructive deployment and the availability of a public API set. Jerry's conclusion...
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    SDV in Wired News

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    I saw a lot of people congratulating each other around here when Wired News published an article on SDV yesterday. If you're writing Windows drivers you need to know about this tool. It is, of course, in the WDK.
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    Dates for WinHEC 2006 have been set

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    See details here . May 23-25 in Seattle...sigh. Anybody tired of going to Seattle for WinHEC yet?
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    Using DIFxApp

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    This is the first I've seen anybody post about their experience using DIFxApp. I hope this is just the beginning. As I've said before, if you're at all involved with the development, distribution or support of Windows drivers you need to know about DIFx...
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    HCT Retirement

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    The November 24 edition of the Microsoft WHQL newsletter made an important announcement. The WDK will replace the HCT at Windows Vista RTM. It will also replace the DCT, IFS and DDK. The replacement of the HCT for downlevel, Windows XP and Server 2003...
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    DTM Content on MSDN

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    DTM content is beginning to appear on MSDN. Here is the first article I'm aware of. Please let me know what content is good or bad and what additional content is needed.
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    WDK Hands-On Event "Sold-out"

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    The on campus WDK Hands-on event next week is officially sold out. We actually had to turn away a fair number of people. This is kind of a good-news bad-news situation. I don't like that we're having to turn people away but at the same time I'm really...
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    Live

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    If you've been reading this blog you know how much I like Start.com . Well, it looks like the prototype is about to become the official fron-end of Microsoft's effort to sell Windows and Office as a service. Check out www.live.com .
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    Happy Halloween

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    Today is one of the really great days to work at Microsoft. At about 4PM the buildings on campus will start filling up with kids in costumes trick-or-treating through the hallways. Each group decorates their areas of the buildings however they feel is...
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    What's wrong with our setup

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    In preparing for our trip to Socal this week I spent a lot of time installing the WDK on different systems last week. It wasn't because I had a lot of work to do, it was because setup is so difficult. Let's be honest, WDK setup is not goo d right now...
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    Flaws of logic

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    If you're reading this blog there is a good chance you're a computer geek. If you're a computer geek there is a good chance people who make arguments based on flawed logic drive you nuts. Wouldn't it be great to call them on the carpet? Wouldn't it be...
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    Someone's talking about Archon

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    Archon is the old name for what is now ASI. Vic is talking about it on his blog, but I can't seem to figure out how to leave a comment there so I'll just post here and how he gets a trackback.
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    Hotmail upgrade coming

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    The demo of the new Hotmail at the company meeting was very impressive. Previews are starting to get out and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Here is Paul Thurrott's conclusion... "Kahuna is a huge improvement over Hotmail, Microsoft...
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    I'd like a PC, hold the Windows please

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    This is a great article. When I saw Dell was offering a PC without Windows I went to the web site to find out how much money a person could actually save by purchasing a PC without Windows. There was so much obsfucation I gave up. Follow the link. It...
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    Matching time program

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    One of the great things about working at Microsoft is that the company is continually monitoring the health of the company and when they see problems, they make changes. Let me be clear, they don't just shuffle the deck chairs. They make changes. They...
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    XBox 360

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    As I said after the company meeting, the XBox 360 is an awesome product. Here is a great Q and A. I feel compelled to say, if they only put PVR capability into this box everyone would have one.
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    Look to your left?

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    The best part about this post is that some people think I'm not working if I'm not in my office. It was great to see someone recognize that, I work really hard when I go out to get a cup of coffee. I do a lot of my best work when I'm not in my office...
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    Digital Reliability Signature

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    If you're planning to get a Windows Vista logo you need to know about the DRS program. A whitepaper has recently been published which describes the program. On first glance many people says, this doens't apply to me becuse a logo program already exists...
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    Yipeee :)-

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    It appears that the next version of Office will let you save documents in PDF format . I really hate PDF documents. They're so damned inflexible. The documents are usually two columns, or more, wide and if you zoom out to where you can see a full page...
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    eBay / Skype skeptics

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    I see I'm not the only one who questions the logic behind eBay's purchase of Skype. Today's Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street column says skepticism is growing on Wall Street too.
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    File shares in XP that aren't shared

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    As I've discussed before, ASI won't work unless your clients can get to the file shares created by the ASI server setup. Here's an issue that is difficult to troubleshoot. If you're using Windows XP SP2 the UI will tell you that the images folder is being...
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