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  • Building Windows 8

    Improvements in Windows Explorer

    • 1,343 Comments
    Windows Explorer is a foundation of the user experience of the Windows desktop and has undergone several design changes over the years, but has not seen a substantial change in quite some time. Windows 8 is about reimagining Windows, so we took on the...
  • IEBlog

    Revised IE7 Naming in Windows Vista

    • 186 Comments
    I had mentioned a while back that we planned to call the version of IE7 in Windows Vista “Internet Explorer 7+”. Well, the feedback we got on the blog was overwhelming – many of you didn’t like it. So, as we’ve said on our website , we heard you. I’m...
  • Windows Installer Team Blog

    Windows Installer 3.1 Version Confusion

    • 8 Comments
    A common question I have been receiving lately is about the Windows Installer 3.1 (v2) Redistributable and what version of the Windows Installer is actually the "latest". Well, let's hope that this posting clears up any confusion on the topic. :) ...
  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

    Solving setup errors by using the SubInACL tool to repair file and registry permissions

    • 279 Comments
    A while back, I wrote a blog post about a .NET Framework 2.0 beta 2 installation problem that was caused by incorrect access control list (ACL) permissions on some registry hives. In that post, I described how to use a tool in the Windows Resource Kit...
  • IEBlog

    Call to action: The demise of CSS hacks and broken pages

    • 303 Comments
    We’re starting to see the first round of sites and pages breaking due to the CSS fixes we have made. We would like to ask your help in cleaning up existing CSS hacks in your pages for IE7. It is has been our policy since IE6 that under quirks doctype...
  • IEBlog

    Reset Internet Explorer Settings

    • 84 Comments
    Hello, we are Durga and Bala, from the IE IDC team. We would like to describe to you, a new feature in Internet Explorer 7 and 7+, Reset Internet Explorer Settings. We have heard from users on their need to recover Internet Explorer to a workable state...
  • Aaron Margosis' Non-Admin, App-Compat and Sysinternals WebLog

    MakeMeAdmin -- temporary admin for your Limited User account

    • 228 Comments

    How to quickly and temporarily give your non-admin account administrator privileges, without having to log out.

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  • IEBlog

    Internet Explorer 8

    • 593 Comments
    Just as he was the first to talk about IE7 , Bill Gates kept the tradition alive and discussed IE8 at the Mix ‘n Mash event here on campus yesterday. Bill was talking to some bloggers about IE.Next and called it IE8, the same way we do here in the IE...
  • IEBlog

    Introducing Compatibility View

    • 77 Comments
    At the start of the Internet Explorer 8 project we made a commitment to great website compatibility. It’s worth noting that this commitment hasn’t changed, even given the short-term impact of our announcement to better align with Microsoft’s interoperability...
  • IEBlog

    Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone

    • 522 Comments
    As a team, we’ve spent the last year heads down working hard on IE8. Last week, we achieved an important milestone that should interest web developers. IE8 now renders the “ Acid2 Face ” correctly in IE8 standards mode. If you’re not a web developer...
  • Engineering Windows 7

    Support and Q&A for Solid-State Drives

    • 138 Comments
    There’s a lot of excitement around the potential for the widespread adoption of solid-state drives (SSD) for primary storage, particularly on laptops and also among many folks in the server world. As with any new technology, as it is introduced we often...
  • SQL Protocols

    SQL Network Interfaces, error: 26 - Error Locating Server/Instance Specified

    • 251 Comments
    Users often see this error message when connection to a SQL Server and don't know where to start to solve the problem. In most forums, people says this is because remote connection is not enabled on the server. This is not exactly correct. Actually, this...
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