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  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7

    The newly released Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 contains a comprehensive set of Win32 samples illustrating Windows 7 technologies.  (An upcoming article will talk about the managed code samples.) Over 1,200 samples were changed since the release of the Windows SDK for 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: SDK samples WSDAPI StockQuote, FileService fail to build with msbuild if VS 2008 installed

    The WSDAPI StockQuote and FileService samples that ship in the Windows SDK for Windows 7 may fail to build on the command line (using msbuild) if Visual Studio 2008 is installed. These samples include project files that reference WSDL and XSD files, and msbuild attempts to invoke sproxy.exe to process...
  • Blog Post: Win 7 SDK samples WSDAPI StockQuote & FileService may fail to build if VS2008 installed

    This article applies to 2 samples in the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.  The WSDAPI StockQuote and FileService samples may fail to build on the command line (using msbuild) if Visual Studio 2008 is installed. These samples include project files which reference WSDL and XSD...
  • 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: Deploying MMC 3.0 applications on pre-Vista OSes

    The recently released Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 has 22 MMC 3.0 samples that install to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Samples\SysMgmt\MMC3.0 folder. If you’ve deployed an MMC 3.0 application to a computer that is running a pre-Vista OS, such as windows...
  • Blog Post: Migrating VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008

    If you like to read the MSDN Forums like I do, you’ve probably seen quite a few questions about how to migrate Visual Studio 2005 packages to Visual Studio 2008. You may have even run into a few quirks yourself. Most of the time you can just follow a few steps as James Lau outlined. Update build...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK Technical Articles

    Did you know that you can access the Windows SDK documentation on MSDN, without installing the SDK? Yes, you can. Here are some of the topics: Overview of the Windows SDK Windows SDK in the MSDN Library What's New in the Windows SDK The Windows SDK introduces several...
  • Blog Post: Corner Case: Managed Samples in SDK Docs Unavailable

    This article applies to the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , released February, 2008, and the earlier Windows SDK for Windows Vista Update , released February, 2007. This issue occurs very rarely, but if you’ve experienced this you would probably like an explanation...
  • Blog Post: Cool Sample: Download MSDN Reader

    Thanks to the new Code Gallery you can read development-focused content through the awesome NY Times Reader experience. The MSDN Reader provides offline caching/reading of MSDN Magazine articles, content annotation, and content sharing through an intuitive user interface. The source for this application...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK Troubleshooting: my solution file won’t open

    There’s lots of great new technology around and if you recently upgraded to Visual Studio 2008 you may have noticed a problem. Even with Visual Studio 2008 installed, you may have found that some of your Visual Studio solution files (.sln) don't open when you double-click on them. Instead, nothing happens...
  • Blog Post: StickyNotes Sample on MSDN Code Gallery

    Pablo Galiano has created a wonderful sample that provides StickyNotes capabilities to Visual Studio 2008. With StickyNotes and Visual Studio 2008, you can save custom notes associated with a particular project for reminders as bugs to fix, features to add, areas to test, etc. Pablo has posted his new...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Code Gallery & the Windows SDK

    The MSDN Code Gallery was launched today by Soma Somasegar . The developer community has made “more samples!” one of its top requests, and DevDiv is delivering. This new developer portal is a quick place to get (and share) code snippets, samples, sample applications, and other great resources. Lots of...
  • Blog Post: How to: build from the Windows SDK command line

    To build from the SDK command line: 1. Copy your application or sample to a working folder not under \Program Files. 2. Open the Windows SDK CMD shell (Start, All Programs, Windows SDK v6.1, SDK CMD Shell). 3. Navigate to directory where your sample/app can be found. 4. Build the sample...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting error C1083: Cannot open include file: 'atlbase.h'

    If you’re building with the Windows SDK build environment or with a Visual Studio Express version and seeing error C1083: cannot open include file: ‘altbase.h’ (or winres.h, afxwin.h, afxres.h, atlconv.h) y ou probably need to buy and install a non-Express version of Visual Studio to successfully build...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting: error PRJ0003: Error spawning 'bscmake.exe'

    Are you seeing error PRJ0003 when building with Visual Studio Express Editions or the Windows SDK build environment? You probably need a non-Express version of Visual Studio’s Visual C++ development environment to successfully build your project. What’s BSCMAKE.EXE? The Microsoft Browse Information Maintenance...
  • Blog Post: Sample missing msime.h?

    Some Windows SDK samples fail to build because the file msime.h is not found. Msime.h is not shipped with the Windows SDK. Msime.h is for use by developers when customizing applications for the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Affected samples: winui\Input\tsf\TSFApps\ImmPad-Interim winui\Input\tsf\TSFApps...
  • Blog Post: Some SDK samples require VS2005, not VS2008

    Some unmanaged samples rely on mspbase.h, mtype.h, or mfc80ud.lib. These files are included with Visual Studio 2005 and do not ship with Visual Studio 2008. Require Mspbase.h: netds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\Msp\MSPBase netds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\Msp\Sample netds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\pluggable Require Mtype.h: netds...
  • Blog Post: How to: Add 64-bit support to .vcproj files

    Have you found a great sample in the Windows SDK but wish it could target 64-bit platforms? Not all of our samples have 64-bit support, but it’s quick and easy to configure the sample yourself using the project configurations available in the Visual Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Setupvroot.bat in WCF samples fails on Vista if…

    The Setupvroot.bat setup script for WCF samples fails on Windows Vista if the NetMsmqActivator service is enabled and Message Queuing (MSMQ) is not installed. This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0), September, 2007...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Two Speech Samples May Fail to Compile

    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 speech samples \winui\Speech\DictationPad and \winui\Speech...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Not All C++ Samples with are Configured for X64

    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: J# Samples require VJ++ (Visual Studio)

    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: Visual Studio 2005 Required for .NET Compact Framework Development

    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: 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...
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