James Finnigan

Debugging, Shell Programming, Setup, Working at Microsoft, Virtualization

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  • Blog Post: How to launch an un-elevated process from an elevated process

    Update: Please refer to Aaron's FAQ which is being maintained while this post has grown stale This question has come up a fair amount lately. The short answer is that you don't * - instead you should: first launch an unelevated process have that unelevated process launch an elevated process...
  • Blog Post: RegNamespace sample up on codeplex

    Scott, Jerry, Thayn and I have whipped up a sample of indexing the registry, as well as a shell folder (namespace extension) for viewing it. It's great to be able to search the registry via the index and it's great sample of how to create a shellfolder, protocol handler, and even an IFilter. So head...
  • Blog Post: RE: How to get rid of that pesky Windows Welcome Center at FIRST boot

    While reading blog comments about Welcome Center, I came across this entry on how to remove welcome center at first boot. ... With a simple .reg file though, you can kill Windows Welcome Center dead on first boot — simply put the following into your .reg file and save it, run it, or add it to...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

    I was just looking at the Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista video. Wow. It's gorgeous. It's nice to see people doing amazing things with Avalon/WPF. I was particularly impressed with the great flow and visual as you select the background color (pictured, but watch the video about 2/3rds in for the full...
  • Blog Post: Bernie Klinder ♡ Guided Help

    From Bernie's review of Windows Vista's killer features ... Guided Help and Automated Diagnostics -- A large number of help desk calls are for simple technical issues that aren't difficult to resolve but are somewhat time consuming to explain to a remote non-technical user. Network issues, printing issues...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft CES website - Group Shot pictures

    Here's Microsoft's CES website. There's a ton of interesting stuff on here. The one that will probably impact me the most is Group Shot . Not that the rest isn't incredibly cool, it's just that I have the groupshot problem a lot . :) These two images becomes combined (source can be seen bottom left)...
  • Blog Post: Sabarinath Nair reviews Guided Help, Vista

    Sabarinath had this to say about Guided Help: Guided Help While this feature is still under beta, I believe this would be an interesting feature to have. In addition to having descriptive help files, Guided Help teaches you visually how to do the tasks. It also allows you to record steps, from...
  • Blog Post: Windows boot screens though time

    Long Zheng shows off the progression in the screen that is both the first thing we see and the last thing we want to spend time looking at. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

    Just came across this good listing of keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista and thought I'd share them around. Some people refuse to use the keyboard for much besides email, but I'm a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts (and love the ubiquitous search features in Vista)
  • Blog Post: Agile teams at Microsoft?

    Well, I was just reading ex-MSFT guy Moishe Lettvin's entry about how the start menu put together. In brief, there was a lot of wasted time in meetings (my interpretation), waiting for code to arrive, thrashing due to dependencies, and not a lot of writing actual code. It sounds like the feature ended...
  • Blog Post: Screencast: Video of a few Guided Help Topics running.

    So Andrew , went through and put together a screencast of a few of the Guided Help topics in action. If you look carefully you can even see a few stupid ACW tricks - maybe I'll do a stupid ACW tricks screencast at some point. Anyway, I've included the soapbox version, but I'll probably try to also put...
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