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  • 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: 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 SDK for Server 2008 plus VS2008 causes double X64 platforms in VC Directories

    Issue : Installing the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 after Visual Studio 2008 Standard on a computer with an X64 operating system corrupts VC directories, causing a double X64 entry.  This post applies to the Windows SDK for Server 2008 only.  This issue has been fixed in subsequent SDKs...
  • 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: What's the difference between "CLR" and ".NET Framework"?

    What's the difference between "Common Language Runtime (CLR)" and "Microsoft .NET Framework"?  David Broman's post explains it beautifully and was very helpful to me. CLR + managed libraries and tools = Microsoft .NET Framework The CLR is the low-level technology (much of it...
  • Blog Post: What WinSDK files changed in VS2008 SP1?

    Wondering what changed in the WinSDK components that ship in Visual Studio between VS2008 RTM and VS2008 SP1? Chris Hubbard, an SDET on the Windows SDK team, has posted a list of new files in VS 2008 SP1 and also the files that have changed. See WinSDK in VS2008 SP1: what changed? For starters, only...
  • 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: 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: View VS Debugger DataTip Information More Easily

    Does it drive you crazy that when debugging the Visual Studio data tip default font size of 8? That was fine a few years ago but it just doesn’t work for me anymore. I can’t see it easily and when on a laptop it’s impossible to get my pointer in the right place. Karl Shifflett showed me how to change...
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