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  • Blog Post: New MFC modules for Win 7 Development

    The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers was recently updated and is how hosted online on Channel 9, so you don’t need to download it. It has several excellent new step-by-step MFC tutorials with lots of screen shots. You’ll need to be running Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 (or later). ...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows 7 SDK Download/Install

    This article applies to the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.  Read these other posts to troubleshoot issues with the Windows SDK for Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 or to troubleshoot issues with the Windows SDK Update for Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 .   The Windows...
  • Blog Post: Like Vista Bridge? Love Win API Code Pack for .NET Framework

    If you thought the VistaBridge was a cool idea, you're really going to love the next evolution.   Windows 7 has some great new features that will really shine in your managed application, and the Windows SDK team has been working on a way to help you do just that.   The Windows API...
  • Blog Post: Win 7 SDK (RC) can disable x64 config platform choices in VS2008 RTM.

    Installing the Windows 7 SDK (RC release) and Visual Studio 2008 RTM can disable the X64 and Itanium configuration platform choices in Visual Studio. If the Windows 7 SDK (RC release) and Visual Studio 2008 RTM are installed on a machine running an x64 version of Windows the following issue may occur...
  • Blog Post: New in Windows 7 SDK: TSPBuilder.exe

    The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with several new tools. The following tools have been added since the M3 release of the Windows SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Windows SDK Server 2008 Download/Install

    This article applies to the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. Read this post to troubleshoot issues with the Windows SDK Update for Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 . Running the Windows SDK web setup on some connections can sometimes have issues when downloading the files. We recommend...
  • Blog Post: How to Install the Windows SDK ISO Image

    The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center in ISO format. RTM versions of Windows SDKs are typically provided in two install formats -- a Web Setup or an ISO install. Pre-release SDKs, such as the Windows SDK for...
  • Blog Post: Explore WPF with Karl Shifflett's Password Manager App

    If you're seriously interested in using WPF for line of business apps, you're probably already familiar with Karl Shifflett's clean, clear and informative how-to articles on Code Project.  His latest is a real treat. Exploring a Model-View-ViewModel Application; WPF Password Manager, Cipher Text...
  • Blog Post: Talk to your friends about security

    Are you being inundated with friends asking how they can make that new computer secure?  I am.  That's why I'm pointing them to the Microsoft Security article, 5 steps to help protect your new computer before you go online .  After they've followed the instructions in the article, I can...
  • Blog Post: MSCoree.lib missing from WinSDK install?

    Issue : The following Interop files are not installed to %winsdk%\include as expected after installing the Windows SDK for Server 2008 and .NET Framework: Cordebug.tlb Corguids.lib Format.lib Mscoree.lib Mscoree.tlb Mscorsn.lib Tlbref.lib Cause : The Interop Library files are...
  • Blog Post: How to: find the right Windows SDK for your needs

    Several versions of the Windows SDK and earlier Platform SDKs (PSDK) are available. Generally, developers will want the most recent SDK, which supports several Windows operating systems. Some developers have particular development requirements that call for an earlier SDK. You will want to consider what...
  • Blog Post: ESENT tips and tricks

    ESENT is powerful embedded database engine that is part of Windows. It used by the Active Directory, Windows Desktop Search, Windows Update and several other windows clients. Microsoft Exchange uses a version of the same code, appearing as ese.dll. The Esent API ships in the Windows SDK and is documented...
  • Blog Post: Best places for information about Windows SDKs

    The MSDN Windows SDK Developer Center is the place to find resources and links to Windows SDK products, release notes, technical articles, and more. All other SDK resources can be reached from here, so this is the best place to start if you aren’t sure where to look for information.  The Windows...
  • 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: Workaround: VS2008 SP1 Breaks WinSDK Configuration Tool

    Issue : Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 breaks the Windows SDK Configuration tool in the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 .  This tool is used to set the version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you wish to build with in Visual Studio.  After installing...
  • 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: Windows API Functions by Release

    A really handy reference for those developing Win32 apps that target different operating systems is the Functions by Release topic in the MSDN Library.  If you want to know what's new in a recent OS, or what APIs you can use with older OSes, this is a great place to find out.  The Functions...
  • 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: WPF Business Object Declarative Programming: How To Implement Object Validation & Logging

    Brand new MVP and WPF, VB, and Mole for VS guru Karl Shifflett has posted another great article and Silverlight video for his continuing WPF Business Application Series. This one covers Business Object Declarative Programming; How To Implement Object Validation & Logging. You can find the in-depth...
  • Blog Post: How to: Integrate the easy way: VS and WinSDK

    If you have Visual Studio 2008 you can build VC++ applications right out of the box with the embedded Windows SDK components that now ship as part of Visual Studio (Express too!). But what if you want to build an application that uses the new Server 2008 APIs in the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: How-to videos for the tech challenged

    Next time your tech-hesitant parents or friends ask you for advice on RSS feeds, social networking or wikis, point them to this site. The folks at CommonCraft do a much better job explaining than you could. Their product is explanation. They use a simple format and real-world stories to make sense of...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Snack Player for Server 2008 demos

    For those who don’t have tons of time to play, try out the new MS Learning Silverlight Snack Player . The "snacks" are 15-20 minutes long with demos, animations and explanations of core technology. I just watched a cool little video on installing and working with Server Core . Server Core is a minimal...
  • Blog Post: How-to: write custom code analysis/FxCop rules

    Jason Kresowaty has posted a great tutorial on writing Code Analysis/FxCop rules . It’s excellent for advanced users who want to write their own custom rules, but doesn’t leave new users out. There’s wonderful introductory information explaining what the tool can be used for and how to get the most out...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Use Visual C++ 2008 Express with the Windows SDK

    This concise article on the Windows SDK Blog describes what you need to do to build Win32 applications using Visual C++ Express and the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . A more detailed explanation including screenshots can be found here . With the Visual Studio 2008...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Create, Encode and Deliver Silverlight Streaming Screen Capture Videos

    Here’s another GEM from WPF wizard Karl Shifflett: an in-depth article (with video, naturally) on the process of creating Silverlight screen capture videos for your Code Project articles and for your blog. You’ll learn tricks for creating, encoding, packaging, uploading and consuming screen cast tutorial...
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