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  • Blog Post: Workaround: Running mt.exe on Windows 7 Beta

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  • Blog Post: VC++ compilers in Windows 7 SDK

    The newly released Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: BETA is available on the Microsoft Download Center with updated VC++ compilers. The Windows 7 SDK includes the Enterprise versions of the VS 2008 SP1 (v9.0) compilers and runtimes, which come from the Visual C++ team....
  • Blog Post: All Microsoft SDKs in one place!

    With over 50 Software Development Kits hosted on various Microsoft web sites, you might have trouble finding the right one for your development needs. Look no further! Now you can go to one page and find links to Microsoft Software Development Kits (SDKs), which provide documentation, code samples, tools...
  • 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: Where are the Server Backup API files wsbapp.h, wsbapp.idl?

    The MSDN Library article on Windows Server Backup says that the Windows Server Backup API files wsbapp.h and wsbapp.idl can be found in the Windows SDK Update for Server 2008, but no such update exists. These files did not ship in the Windows SDK for Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. You can find this...
  • Blog Post: New in Windows 7 SDK: Virtual Light Sensor

    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. SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool can be used for. Virtual Light Sensor (VirtualLightSensor.exe...
  • Blog Post: New in Windows 7 SDK: Scenic Ribbon Markup Compiler

    Windows Scenic Ribbon markup compiler (IntentCL.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. SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool can be...
  • Blog Post: New Tools in the Windows 7 SDK

    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 what each...
  • Blog Post: New in Windows 7 SDK: File format verifier

    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. SDK. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll write a short summary of what each tool can be used for. FileFormatVerifier.exe File types are also...
  • Blog Post: Released: Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: Beta

    The Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: Beta is now available on the Microsoft Download Center. The Windows SDK provides Windows 7 (Beta) headers and libraries, documentation, samples, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications using native (Win32) and/or...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows Server 2008 Software When You Take Any of 3 Featured Training Courses

    Learn all about Windows Server 2008’s powerful new management tools and security enhancements, plus come away with the skills you need to configure, maintain and troubleshoot Microsoft’s new server OS. The best part? You’ll also get to take home a FREE fully-licensed copy of Windows...
  • 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: Get your Windows SDK Badge at PDC

    If you plan on collecting PDC Badges in LA next week, be sure to stop by the Windows SDK booth to grab one of the coolest and check out what's in store for the next SDK.  My team mate Shawn Henry and I will be handing out swag and badges to attendees who fill out a short survey telling us how they...
  • 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: 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: 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: How would you improve the WinSDK?

    The Windows SDK Team is looking for customer input into what should change/improve in the Windows SDK and how it interfaces with Visual Studio. Please participate in the short surveys: How would you spend $100 to improve Windows SDK components? What NEW Windows SDK Features do you want?
  • Blog Post: Does anyone actually use the WinSDK build environment?

    Is this part of the Windows SDK obsolete? We put a lot of energy into shipping a customer build environment with the latest VC ++ compilers and tools, and it’s all set up to build .NET apps out of the gate, but I rarely get feedback or questions about it. It makes me wonder if anyone is using it...
  • 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: What’s New: Windows Server 2008 Technologies

    The latest Windows SDK is the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . This SDK release supports Windows Server 2008 , .NET Framework 3.5 , and Windows Vista SP1 and is compatible with Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2005 SP1 ; including Visual Studio Express Editions . This...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Find Tools and Services to Enhance the Windows SDK

    There are many tools, components and services to help developers and administrators work more efficiently, or that can add capabilities to applications. Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Transfers files asynchronously between a client and a server, and provides information about the...
  • 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: Where’s UISpy.exe?

    The UI Spy tool did not ship in the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , released February, 2008. We’re working to get this great tool back into the next SDK release. If you need this tool, you can find it in the earlier Windows SDK for Vista Update . If you don’t want the entire...
  • 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: Released! Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5

    Some days it felt like we’d never reach the end, but we got there and the RTM release of the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 is live on the Microsoft Download Center. The Windows SDK contains documentation, samples, headers, libraries, and tools designed to help you...
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