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  • 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: Installing Windows SDK for Server 2008 (v6.1) after VS2008 SP1 causes conflicts with Security Update (KB971092)

    Issue : If you install the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , on top of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack1, some CRT files will revert  back to RTM version.  ( See this post for more information about this issue ) This can cause conflicts when you install patches or...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK for Server 2008 (v6.1) overwrites VS2008 SP1 CRT files

    Issue : If you install the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , on top of any post-RTM Visual Studio update (such as a Service Pack or Feature Pack), some CRT  files will be reverted  back to RTM version.  Cause : This problem occurs when you install the Windows...
  • 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 (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: 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: 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: First launch of Win SDK Docs may cause Document Explorer error

    This post applies to the RC release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 . Issue : When launching Windows SDK Documentation for the first time, you may see the Microsoft Document Explorer error message: The Application Data folder for Microsoft Document Explorer could not be created...
  • Blog Post: Win 7 SDK with VC++ 2005: Failure to compile in Debug mode

    Win 7 SDK with VC++ 2005: Failure to compile in Debug mode If you are getting weird Linking errors when using the Windows SDK for Windows 7 with Visual Studio 2005, you may need to install a patch.  If your usage scenario matches the one listed below, you will be unable to debug in the Windows SDK...
  • Blog Post: Win SDK with Visual C++ 2005: Failure to compile in Debug mode

    This workaround applies to the Windows SDK for Windows 7 (currently released as a beta).  If your usage scenario matches the one listed below, you will be unable to debug in the Windows SDK command line build environment or Visual Studio 2005 SP1. Symptom: You have an .lib file or an .obj file that...
  • Blog Post: Workaround: Running mt.exe on Windows 7 Beta

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  • 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: 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: 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: Windows SDK components missing from VS 2008?

    A couple of developers have written asking why the Windows SDK components that were expected to install with Visual Studio 2008 were missing after Visual Studio installed.  The Windows SDK installs several version 6.0a components whenever Visual Studio is installed: Windows headers are installed...
  • 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: WinSDK bug: SDK Config Tool appears to work but fails

    This article applies to the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , when used with Visual Studio 2008 (all versions). This post describes a problem with the GUI version of the Windows SDK Configuration Tool , which is used to set the version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and...
  • 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: 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: Workaround: Installing Windows SDK after VS2008 breaks WPF Intellisense

    UPDATE: the official Windows SDK Workaround to this issue has been posted on the Windows SDK Blog . Scenario: VS 2008 and Windows SDK customer Karl has used the XAML functionality in VS2008 for several weeks. He uses autocomplete extensively. Karl installed the Windows SDK for Server 2008 and discovered...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting: Uninstall SDK components

    This article applies to the Windows SDK for Vista, the Windows SDK Update for Vista, and the Windows SDK for Server 2008 (a pre-release SDK at the time this post was written). The Windows SDK installs both SDK-core components and “shared” components created by other teams at Microsoft as separate...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK “How to…”

    Even the most obvious Visual Studio tricks and tips on Sara Ford’s "Did you know… " blog posts are useful reminders, and now that she’s including more Visual Studio 2008 tips I’m seeing some not-so-obvious hints and cool features. We need more “How-to” type tricks and tips for the for the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Where’s Windows SDKSetupLog.txt installed?

    When downloading the Windows SDK, files are written to a temp directory. If you’re having setup problems you may need to clear this temporary directory before reinstalling. By default, the temp directory is here: On Vista: C:\%user%\AppData\Local\Temp\SDKSetupLog.txt On XP: C:\Documents...
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