What is the Windows SDK Forum?

The Windows SDK Forum is a site hosted by MSDN where people interact by posting and reading messages about SDK topics that are of interest to them and the rest of the development community. Forums contain groupings of related topic threads. Anyone can read the MSDN Forums, but you will need to register (with a Windows Live ID) if you want to post questions and be notified when replies are posted.

How do I post a new message to a forum?
To post a new message to a forum, click the New Thread button. Clicking this button will take you to a form for posting a message (or ask you to sign in first).  This will start a new thread and replies to your original post are added to the thread.

How do I know if somebody already asked the same question before me?
If you have a question, it is likely that someone asked it already. You can search discussion groups for a post using keywords. Use the search box at the top of the page.  Try to use just 2 or 3 keywords in a search. You can also check the "Top 5" list on the right side of the screen for popular answer posts that contain your keywords.  You can also use the Forum Option filters at the bottom of the forum page.

Who answers questions on the Forum?

Your question will likely be answered by other developers in the community that have had a similar problem as you.  Many questions are answered by Microsoft MVPs, a group of experts that represent the technical community's best and brightest, who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.  Members of the Windows SDK Team also monitor the Forum.

How will I know when someone has answered my question?
The Alerts feature will send you a message when someone has replied to the thread you “subscribed” to. If you want to receive an alert about a new thread, just make sure that the check box is selected next to the Alert Me icon at the bottom of the page. To receive a notification about an existing thread, click the Alert Me button at the top of the thread's page.

What shall I do if someone responds to my question?

When someone responds to your question, you may rate their post as either helpful or not helpful.  Click Yes or No next to the "Was this post helpful?" text at the top of the post.  If they solve your problem, click the Mark as Answer button to the right of the post to let others know that you do not need further assistance.  By rating a post as "the answer", you help others find the answer more quickly, you give the person who posted the answer credit for their contribution, and you help increase the quality of answers in the discussion group.

What if I have development questions that are not about the Windows SDK?

MSDN hosts many development forums, and you can use the search box on the home page to search using keywords.  If you just can’t find the forum you need,  you can always post a question on the “Where is the Forum for…? Forum.

 

Windows SDK Team