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  • Tom Archer's Blog

    ReadyBoost Q&A

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    Back in April, I posted a blog entry on the ReadyBoost feature - the Windows Vista feature that allows you to use a USB key as virtual memory in order to enhance performance. While I originally intended the post to be an overview of ReadyBoost, it proved...
  • Pilchie's C# and Visual Studio Blog

    Finally! VS2005 Beta2 released.

    • 423 Comments
    We finally got it out there. Take a look at msdn . Or, to see it from the big guy, Soma's blog . Please go get this, and let us know what you think.
  • Building Windows 8

    Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8

    • 419 Comments
    When it comes to talking about "fundamentals" we want to start with boot time – no feature gets talked about and measured more. We designed Windows 8 so that you shouldn't have to boot all that often (and we are always going to work on reducing...
  • MSBuild Team Blog

    Sprint 9 Review

    • 415 Comments
    It’s been about a month since we last talked about Sprint 9, and it’s time for an update. If you recall, the MSBuild team was planning on two parallel sprints: one for platform investigations and one to support internal dogfooding efforts . Last Friday...
  • Code/Tea/Etc...

    Spiderman 2... the game, not the movie...

    • 414 Comments
    I had been planning to go to Spiderman 2 last night at 12:01 am... but I decided to skip it instead... so I went out during the day and spent my Father's Day gift (a gift certificate for Best Buy... my wife made a great choice) on a wireless xbox controller...
  • SQL Protocols

    Understanding "login failed" (Error 18456) error messages in SQL Server 2005

    • 405 Comments
    In continuing with the theme of understanding error messages I'll discuss the "login failed" messages that are surfaced by the client and written to the server's error log ( if the auditlevel is set to log failures on login which is the default) in the...
  • Xbox Live Operations Blog

    Having issues finding matches in Modern Warfare 2?

    • 404 Comments
    We’ve heard the feedback that some of you are having a hard time finding games in matchmaking with MW2 since Tuesday’s update. If those of you with this problem can answer a few questions it’ll help us get to the bottom of things. Please leave a...
  • Microsoft InfoPath 2010

    Using the Contact Selector Control

    • 398 Comments
    (This post applies to InfoPath 2007. If you're using InfoPath 2010, then you should check out this post instead.) We have seen a number of requests on how to allow a user to enter (or select) a person’s name or logon alias and then validate that user...
  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

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

    • 396 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

    The First Year of IE7

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    It’s been a little over a year since we released IE7 on Windows XP and for Windows Vista, so I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about where we are after the year. According to internal Microsoft research based on data from Visual Sciences Corporation...
  • IEBlog

    IE7 beta 1 – A few details…

    • 392 Comments
    We’ve heard some great feedback on what web developers would like to see in IE7, both from the responses to my last post and from the resources I referred to.  The rest of the team was cranking away while I was away on parental leave, and I wanted to...
  • Dave Green's WebLog

    Which Style of Workflow When?

    • 392 Comments
    Windows Workflow Foundation supports three basic styles of workflow: Sequential, State Machine and Data-Driven. I get a lot of people asking me which style is right for their problem, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on this with you all. Let...
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