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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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    Google blog search: I don't get it.

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    I'm sure I'm not the first one to tell you Google has launched a blog search tool . I really don't get it though. Blogs always showed up in Google searches. Google Search on "Windows Driver Kit." Google Blog Search on "Windows Driver Kit." ...
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    eBay buys Skype

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    There has been a lot of action in the IP phone business lately. It won't be long before that business explodes and somebody is going to become very rich. Unfortunately for owners of eBay I think the announcement that Skype has been purchased is an opportunity...
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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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    Vis-tah or vee-stah

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    Therefore, I was both surprised and amused to find that, of all the hundreds, or thousands of blogs that must have been reporting the news of the new name for Windows Longhorn, the Seattle P-I Microsoft Blog decided to link to craigrow. Apparently it was the suggestion that the “correct” pronunciation of Windows Vista is “vee-stah” that piqued their interest....
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Digital Signatures for Kernel Modules on x64-based Systems Running Windows Vista

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    This is an important change for Vista drivers. The biggest change, from my perspective is this... "Note: Even users with administrator privileges cannot load unsigned kernel-mode code on x64-based systems. This applies for any software module that...
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    The branding police

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    The branding police are at work again. In future builds of the WDK, and any other product which ships Ximage you'll see Ximage is now named ImageX. The only thing that is changing is the name.
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    Puzzle time: think outside the box

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    I'm not a big puzzle person but I ran across this puzzle twice in less than a week. Once in a project management book and once in an architecture book. I'm sure many of you have seen it before. If not, have fun.
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    The Art of Project Management

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    One of the things I had hoped could happen on this blog is a lively discussion of things I’ve read lately that others may also have read. My first attempt was some reviews of chapters in Naked Conversations . It didn’t seem to resonate with anyone, but...
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    Backup you DTM database

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    One of the most consistent things I've heard from both our internal and external partners since WinHEC is the need for more and better DTM documentation. What we can get into the product is pretty much locked down at this point. However, that won't stop...
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    It's official, WinHEC 2007 in the Big Easy

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    This announcement has been made quietly. I guess my Campaign for anything bug Seattle can be retired now.
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    Technology in the morning

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    We're doing a WDK presentation this morning for a bunch of driver development groups. When we arrived yesterday we discovered that each attendee had been provided with two systems, a laptop and a 64-bit system connected via cross-over cable. We decided...
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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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    Why would I want to mount an image using Ximage?

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    One feature of Ximage that I don't think I'm communicating the value of effectively enough is the ability to mount images. Perhaps some specific examples will help. The question came across one of internal alias recently, can I edit the registry entries in an image? The answer is yes, and the process is easy....
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    Old school

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    I didn't realize how old school the floppy disk had become. ...
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    Preview new draft of the WDK Automated Deployment Tools Quick Start Guide

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    Here is the latest draft of the WDK Automated Deployment Tools Quick Start Guide. Please let me know what helps, what doesn't and what is still needed. By the way, it will look better when it's in the kit, it is just too much work to fix the formatting...
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    Company meeting

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    A lot of people have been asking me to share my thoughts on the company meeting. First, Safeco Field was very cold. I know everyone from the mid-west thinks we're whimps for calling 60 degrees cold, but it was. It was actually very plesant outside but...
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    How easy is this: installing additional drivers

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    One of the things that became very obvious while working with customers last week was that our support for adding drivers via ASI isgoing to be critical. Here are two common scenarios I saw. Install the ASI server. Copy Windows XP to the server...
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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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    I guess I touched a nerve...Vista driver signing requirements

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    This post seems to have touched some raw nerves. I wasn't expecting that but I'm not surprised either given all the feedback I've heard re: driver signing since the first beta of XP. I understand the frustrations, I also know that when Windows crashes...
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    The best comment on the whole driver signing discussion

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    From Will Dean: "The real tragedy of driver-related BSODs is that in many applications people should never have needed to write KM code at all, let alone the ghastly 50 lines of application code surrounded by 5000 lines of impossible PnP/Power boilerplate...
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