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  • Blog Post: Workaround: MSBuild and/or VCBuild fail to find Win 7 SDK headers, libs and tools

    This post applies to the RC release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 . Scenario : if VS2008 or another Windows SDK is installed, MSBuild and/or VCBuild may default to the headers, libs and tools of the older SDK.   Samples or applications built in the SDK build environment...
  • Blog Post: Using WinSDK, DirectX SDK and VS2008

    It can be a bit tricky to use the DirectX SDK, the Windows SDK, and Visual Studio 2008. If you're building an application in the Windows SDK command line build environment or in Visual Studio2008 IDE, you should ensure that the DirectX SDK include, library, and executables directories are set correctly...
  • Blog Post: VC++ compilers in Windows 7 SDK

    The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with updated VC++ compilers. The Windows 7 SDK includes the Enterprise versions of the VS 2008 SP1 (v9.0) compilers and runtimes, which come from the Visual C++ team....
  • Blog Post: How to get the SDK Configuration Tool to work

    The Windows SDK Configuration Tool sets which version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you want to build with in Visual Studio. The tool shipped with the Windows SDK for Server 2008 but has had several problems. Here’s how to get it working in your scenario. Instructions are different depending...
  • Blog Post: How-to: In search of strmbase.lib

    Several of the DirectShow samples in the Windows SDK require strmbase.lib, and quite a few developers have asked me where to find this file. It does not install to the default location with other libraries (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\lib). Other folks have figured out how to build strmbas...
  • Blog Post: Pros and Cons of Shared Compilers in Win SDK and VS2008

    About the shared compilers in the Windows SDK The compiler installed with Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 support vertical integration with the all other VS SKUs that install the compilers. (A 'SKU' or 'Stock Keeping Unit' is an identification assigned to an individual product.) Vertical integration...
  • Blog Post: XCOPY the Windows SDK?

    I've heard from a couple of developers lately that want to be able to XCOPY the Windows SDK, the .NET Framework SDK, and all of the tools. These users want the tools used to build their product to be checked into the source repository along with the code, so that the build tools can be versioned with...
  • Blog Post: Visual Debugger for MsBuild

    Are you looking for a visual debugger for MsBuild? It seems like lots of folks are. Looking at the results of the feature poll on the MSBuild blog , I see that a debugger for MSBuild projects is the number one vNext request from users. Well, wait no more. Partho Das, a developer in Visual Studio land...
  • Blog Post: Setting build environment to target Windows Vista Sp1

    You can use the switches shown below to target different operating systems from within the SDK build environment. To target Windows Vista you should use the /vista switch. To target Windows Vista Sp1 (or Windows 2008) you should use the /2008 switch. Launch the Windows SDK build environment (Start, All...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: VS 2005 Integration Tool fails on Vista

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 In Windows Vista, running the Visual Studio 2005 Registration Tool fails with the error "Unable to access the required files". This is because the integration tool needs...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: MSBuild Reports Dependency on .NET Framework SDK 2.0

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 · The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista (RTM), March, 2007 ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: After Visual Studio integration, extra paths added to VC++ Directories

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 After running Visual Studio Registration, C:\Program Files\Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows SDK Visual C++ Cross Compilers

    During Windows SDK setup you are given the option to select VC++ compilers for every platform you wish to develop for. The Windows SDK for Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 ships 5 new VC++ version 9 (Visual Studio 2008) compilers which are installed in this way: Your host machine...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Visual C++ cross-compilers fail to launch on 64-bit platforms

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 On 64-bit platforms, the Visual C++ cross-compilers may fail to...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: VCBuild fails to compile or upgrade projects

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0) In order for VCBuild to run properly, vcprojectengine.dll needs to be registered. If vcprojectengine.dll is not registered, VCBuild.exe will fail with errors such as: On compile ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: C++ Samples Project Files Require Upgrade Prior to Building

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007 · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (IDS04), July, 2007 In order to build the samples in the SDK build environment or in...
  • Blog Post: about me

    I'm a Program Manager on the Windows C++ Team at Microsoft, focused on the Windows SDK.
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