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  • Blog Post: Microsoft VS/.NET Log Collection Tool

    Using the Collect Utility If you encounter any setup issues, we will need all relevant logs. Please follow the instructions below to collect all those logs. Download collect.exe from the link below. You may choose to save the tool for later use, or to run directly. The utility creates...
  • Blog Post: Unadvertise Features

    The attached Windows Script file allows you to unadvertise features in a Windows Installer product by specifying either a ProductCode or the path to an MSP. If any features are advertised - whether incidental or intentional - the product will be reinstalled and those features added locally to your computer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer Dictionary

    Attached is a Unicode-encoded, English locale-sorted text file with many table, column, API, and flag tokens you can use as a spelling dictionary in many applications including Microsoft Word and Outlook email. To support Microsoft Word, Outlook email, and other Microsoft Office products, Extract...
  • Blog Post: BITS Logging

    The attached ZIP file contains scripts to both enable and disable logging for the Background Intelligent Transfer Service, or BITS. Both scripts must be run elevated so on Windows Vista or newer open an elevated command prompt and run these scripts. You may also right-click on the scripts and choose...
  • Blog Post: Shim Database to XML

    Extracts data as XML from a shim database used for application compatibility . Please leave feedback on the tool here on this page. This was developed using what little public documentation is available on MSDN as well as some experimentation at other functions that were exported from apphelp.dll...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight

    Hosts Silverlight.js as part of Microsoft Silverlight .
  • Blog Post: Blog Script

    Attached is the JavaScript I used to customize this http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths .
  • Blog Post: Comment Policy

    Comments may be made on blog posts for up to 90 days and trackbacks are currently disabled until an issue is fixed. It is unfortunately given the educational nature of this blog, but this is a way to eliminate a lot of spam. If you have questions about my post, I urge you to search my blog in whole...
  • Blog Post: OpenSearch Discovery for this Blog

    Attached is the OpenSearch Discovery document for http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths . You can also use this file in Windows 7 Federated Search . Federated Search lets you search the web and other locations for different document types all within Windows. To add this search to Windows 7, follow these simple...
  • Blog Post: Feeds Extension for Internet Explorer

    This article includes attachments to downloads for hosting some of my private works.
  • Blog Post: Patch Applicability Browser

    Windows Installer patches can target multiple products, and Developer Division makes a practice of shipping patches that take advantage of this capability. This typically helps avoid confusion among users about which patch to download. However, because Visual Studio ships as many editions and even the...
  • Blog Post: Guidelines for COM Interoperability from .NET

    Below is a running list of posts with guidelines for exposing types from .NET to COM clients. I make occasional updates and will add newer updates to the top of this list. This article serves as an easy reference point with a user-friendly URL to which others or I can refer. Guidelines for COM...
  • Blog Post: ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT and Sequencing

    Sequencing Windows Installer patches is typically straight forward but when the original product install or a previous, non-superseded patch defines ARPSYSTEMCOMPONENT as 1 in the Property table a custom supersedence plan is necessary to support writing Add/Remove Program registry keys correctly with...
  • Blog Post: Suggestions for Future Posts

    In an effort to present to the community information about which you're interested, please suggest topics for future posts by adding your comments. While my job deals more with Windows Installer — more specifically setup and deployment of the .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and other Developer Division...
  • Blog Post: Articles

    Below is a list of articles I've written over the years. If you have ideas within the scope of Windows Installer, Microsoft .NET, COM, COM interoperability with .NET, or other related topics please add your comments to this post. Custom String Formatting in .NET Discusses the implementation of...
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