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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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    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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    WDK Automated Deployment Tools Quick Start Guide

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    I’ve been talking with our TAP partners who are using the Automated Software Installer (ASI) every day recently. First, I want to say how really cool it is that you’re willing to attempt to use a product in pre-beta form. Let’s be totally honest, using...
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    WLK 1.2 = Done

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    Sorry I wasn't able to tell you earlier, I didn't want to scoop the flash that just went out. Below is the official announcement sent via a WHQL news flash and will be sent via the WHQL news next week. WLK 1.2 Release Announcement We are pleased...
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    Direct Link to WLK Support

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    You may notice in this week's WHQL News that we have finally fixed one of our nagging flaws. We now have a direct link to the WLK support team . Use this to create support incidents. I'll keep this link in the Links list on the right side of my blog.
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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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    WLK 1.2 is Almost Ready

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    Obviously we've missed our April 1 target date for WLK 1.2.  We are taking a little extra time because we've checked in a bunch of fixes to tests over the last few weeks.  I expect we'll be done with validation by the end of the week. ...
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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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    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 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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    WLK 1.1 Released to Microsoft Connect

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    WLK 1.1 was posted to connect with Vista SP1 RC1 and Server 2008 RC1 last night.  The official announcement is below and will be in Monday's edition of the WHQL news. WLK 1.1 Release Announcement We are pleased to announce the release of the Windows...
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    Windows XP and Server 2003 logo via WDK: aka HCT end-of-life

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    This is a draft of the announcement which will be in the next edition of the WHQL news . Long story short, the HCT will cease to exist shortly after the WDK ships and all qualification testing will be done via the WDK. Microsoft Announces Changes...
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    WHQL Log Viewer available

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    The first DTM Power Toy is available for download . This tool opens the packages you create to submit your drivers to WHQL letting you browse through the results and logs. Send feedback on the tool to whqldt@microsoft.com . If things go the way I hope...
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    Dell "X-Image"

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    Kevin Devin ran across Dell's X-Image tool . He wonders if this is not the same Microsoft Ximage tool. From this article you can see it clearly is not. Rather, it is an internally developed Dell tool they started work on in 2001. It was developed for...
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    Why is that folder called "images?"

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    Installment Three: Wimgapi.dll The Wimgapi.dll is the library which does all the work for Windows imaging. It exposes a set of public APIs which can be used to create WIM files, add images to the WIM file, view the images in the WIM file and, of...
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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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    Adult emotions = Windows Driver Kit?

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    I'm new to this blogging thing, so maybe I'm missing something. I'm just learning how search engines use key words and trackbacks to find relevent blogs. The other day I noticed one of my posts had a referral from http://newsisfree.com. The search term that somehow turned up my post on Ximage was for the terms "adult" and "emotions." I thought that was weird, but my post on Ximage error codes also got a referral from Newisfree using the same search terms. Is there some hidden meaning to the...
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    Driver Test Manager

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    I’ve been reading the reports from the first set of conference calls with our TAP partners and a point of recurring confusion seems to be around the Driver Test Manager (DTM). First, let’s be clear, the DTM is a feature of the WDK . It is in build 5086...
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    Architect is not a verb

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    Devhawk has a post on one of my pet peeves, the use of the word “architect” as a verb; people say “architecting.” I also find the debate about what an architect is and does to be interesting. One of my mentors here at Microsoft started his...
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    DTM help docs posted for download

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    The current DTM CHM has been posted for download. This is the same documentation you get in the DTM Studio today and is the best source of information on how to setup systems for and run the logo tests.
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    Upcoming Releases of the Windows Logo Kit

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      Here's a long overdue update on the coming releases from the Windows Logo Kit. A preview of the 1.1 release is currently on Connect . WLK 1.1 will be the first kit which supports Server 2008 logos.  It will also support all other current logo...
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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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    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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    Please take a few minutes to complete the 2008 WLK Partner Survey

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    The Windows Logo Kit (WLK) team is asking for your participation in the annual WLK/DTM survey. The data collected in this survey last January was used extensively during 2007 to inform our decisions and direct our investments in the WLK. Please help us...
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    WLK 1.1 SP Now Available

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    As you will see in the WHQL News later today, the WLK 1.1 SP has been posted to Microsoft Connect . Below is the official release announcement. You may be wondering what is up with the 1.2 release. Recall that we were supposed to have a preview "beta...
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    New Windows Logo Kit 1.1 Build Posted

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    Yesterday we posted a new build of WLK 1.1 to Connect .  This is our lockdown entry build so there will be no additional features or tests from this point forward, only bug fixes.  Enjoy.
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