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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...
1 Nov 2008
Released: Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 RC0
The latest prerelease Windows SDK is available for download! This SDK release supports Windows Server 2008 RC0 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 . The RC0 SDK is compatible with Visual Studio 2005 SP1; including Visual Studio Express Editions . The new SDK includes the Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 versions...
26 Sep 2007
Troubleshooting SDK Download/Setup Problems
Having problems downloading and installing the Windows SDK? Here's some advice. Most common issues Running the Windows SDK web setup on some connections can sometimes have issues when downloading the files. We recommend that you clear the %temp%\sdksetup directory and retry your web setup. If that...
31 Aug 2007
Workaround: VCBuild fails to compile or upgrade projects in SDK
There is a known issue with the pre-release Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 that may prevent your sample or code from running. This will be fixed in a future release. In some cases, for VCBuild to run properly, vcprojectengine.dll needs to be registered manually. Without registering...
17 Aug 2007
Windows SDK components in VC++ Express for VS2008
VS2008 Beta 2 is available for download. Beta 2 previews major improvements in VC++ Express for VS2008 , which Nikola Dudar discusses in his blog . With VC++ Express 2008 Beta 2 , you no longer asked to download the 1 GB Windows SDK in order to build Windows applications that use Win32 APIs. VC++ Express...
15 Aug 2007
Supported platforms: Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5
The Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 provides prerelease components designed to help you develop Windows applications using both native (Win32) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies, targeting the following Operating Systems. To use this SDK, you must also be building on...
10 Aug 2007
Windows SDK vs PSDK: what’s the difference?
The Windows SDK has replaced the PSDK. The PSDK is no more. Here are the details. What’s the Windows SDK? The Windows SDK provides support for development using both the Win32/64 and the .NET Framework programming models, for both 32- and 64-bit platforms. The Windows SDK is the name used for...
9 Aug 2007
Windows Peer-to-Peer Networking with the Windows SDK
Have you seen the Windows SDK samples that demonstrate the use of the P2P Native APIs? The samples are installed by default to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\V6.1\Samples\NetDs\PeerToPeer \Samples\NetDS\PeerToPeer folder (see a list below). Peer-to-Peer Networking provides peer-to-peer protocols...
9 Aug 2007
My PUM Lori Pearce talks about the Windows SDK on Channel 9
Lori Pearce, my own Product Unit Manager, was just interviewed on Channel 9 in a video I find both informative and inspiring. How does the Windows SDK Team build a product that supports development using both the Win32 and .NET Framework programming models? Hear it from the source. Lori came to Microsoft...
7 Aug 2007
Getting Started with the Windows SDK
You’ve just downloaded your first Windows SDK and can’t wait to get started exploring the tools, samples and documents that you’ve heard about. But wait, how do you get to all those goodies? To access the different components in the SDK, click the Start button, then choose All Programs, Microsoft Windows...
2 Aug 2007
Shipped: Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5
A new prerelease version of the Windows SDK has shipped. This SDK coincides with the release of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 Beta2 and Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 . If you want to be on the cutting edge of .NET Framework 3.5 development, the Windows SDK for Windows Server® 2008 and .NET Framework...
31 Jul 2007
Do you have feelings for the Windows SDK?
Love it? Hate it? Keep waiting for that ONE feature in the Windows SDK? We really, really want to know so email your feedback to us . What's the Windows SDK? Remember the PSDK? Remember the "WinFX" SDK? It's those two and a bit more... The Windows SDK provides all of the necessary headers, libraries...
26 Jul 2007
Japanese Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Vista
We’ve just released Japanese Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Vista , the first localized Windows SDK! It was a very different experience for our team with all new challenges and the opportunity to work with some great folks on the Localization Team like Sandra Aldana, International Program...
30 May 2007
Are you using the Windows SDK for "Longhorn" Server and .NET Fx 3.5?
Have you downloaded the Windows SDK for Windows Server code name “Longhorn” and .NET Framework 3.5 yet? This release of the Windows SDK is designed to operate with Beta 3 of Windows Server code name “Longhorn”. The SDK is compatible with the RTM release of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1. (If you don...
30 May 2007
Windows SDK UPDATE for Windows Vista
The Windows SDK Update for Windows Vista is live. This is the SDK to install if you want the new C++ compilers that shipped with Visual Studio 2005 SP1 . The docs have been updated, but the samples, tools, headers and libraries are the same as those that shipped with the Windows Vista SDK in November...
29 Mar 2007
Hey! This C++ sample won’t build on my X64 box!
Not all of the Windows SDK samples with Visual C++ 2005 project files have configurations to build for X64. But you can work around this. Load the sample in Visual C++ 2005 (Express or non-Express version) and update Configuration Manager under Project | Properties . Still having problems building...
23 Feb 2007
Can I build MFC or ATL samples with Visual Studio C++ Express?
The Windows SDK includes samples that require ATL or MFC headers to build, but the SDK does not come with the ATL or MFC headers, libraries, or runtimes. These samples, which are listed in the SDK Release Notes, will only build if you have the non-Express editions of Visual C++ 2005 installed on your...
22 Feb 2007
PowerShell in the Windows SDK
Windows PowerShell was available in pre-releases of the Windows SDK, but is not included in the RTM version of the Windows Vista SDK. Now you can download Windows PowerShell 1.0 for Windows Vista or Windows PowerShell 1.0 for Vista X64 directly. Many world languages are available. The SDK still ships...
7 Feb 2007
Do your SDK samples fail to find d3dtypes.h, d3drmdef.h or d3d.h?
You might find that building Windows SDK samples that use DirectX fails. Some header files (including d3dtypes.h, d3drmdef.h and d3d.h) rely on files installed with the DirectX SDK. To build with these files, the DirectX SDK must be installed. A new DirectX SDK was released on February 2nd. Steps...
7 Feb 2007
Using the Windows SDK to Develop Win32 C++ Apps With Visual Studio 2005
Are you building apps for Vista yet or messing around with the great selection of new samples in the SDK ? Just a reminder for those using the SDK with Visual Studio... In order to use Windows SDK headers, libraries, and tools within Visual Studio 2005, an SDK-provided Visual Studio registration tool...
7 Feb 2007
What exactly is the Windows SDK?
Lots of people know about the PSDK, but I sometimes get blank looks when I say I work on the Windows SDK . Yeah, we used to be the PSDK, but times and the PSDK have changed and we've been re-branded. The Windows SDK provides all of the necessary headers, libraries, and tools needed to build Windows applications...
3 Feb 2007
WPF goodies in the Windows SDK
With Vista available to the public any minute, I'll bet you can't wait to start developing with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). WPF is one of the components of .NET Framework 3.0 and the newest presentation technology for the creation of next-generation Windows applications. XAML-based and graphics...
24 Jan 2007
NEW! Windows Vista Credential Provider Samples
Five Credential Providers sample are available for download on Microsoft.com. These samples are designed for Windows Vista RTM (build 6000) and allow ISVs to customize logon like GINA. A technical reference is also available for download . If you have any comments or questions about these samples or...
30 Dec 2006
Looking for some fresh new Vista samples?
The Windows SDK Team and has samples for you! The Windows Vista SDK is live with lots of great ‘new to Vista’ content. Building on the Platform SDK and .NET Framework SDK v2.0, the Windows SDK is packed with samples targeting bothWin32/Com APIs and .NET Framework 3.0 APIs. Teams throughout Windows...
4 Dec 2006
Download the Windows SDK .NET Framework 3.0 Samples
You can download the Windows SDK samples for .NET Framework 3.0 in .zip files without installing the whole Windows Vista SDK . The Windows SDK samples for .NET Framework 3.0 includes samples for .NET Framework 3.0, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation...
4 Dec 2006
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