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The Microsoft Windows SDK is a set of tools, code samples, documentation, compilers, headers, and libraries that developers can use to create applications that run on Microsoft Windows operating systems. The Windows SDK combines two formerly separate SDKs

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  • Blog Post: Coming soon: Win SDK for Windows 7 and .NET 4

    The upcoming Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (WinSDK v7.1) is packed with new features supporting developers creating applications for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 or targeting the .NET Framework 4. This SDK will be released soon after the RTM version of Visual Studio 2010 is released. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK Build Environment: Upcoming features and improvements

    What to expect from Windows SDK build environment in Windows SDK v7.1 The Windows SDK command line build environment that ships with Windows 7.1 SDK will include several custom props and targets files that will provide the ability to build both native and managed applications. It supports building...
  • Blog Post: Development with Windows SDK & DirectX SDK when Visual Studio 2008 is installed

    This article describes how to set VC directory paths in Visual Studio 2008 to ensure that the most recent version of rpcsal.h is found. This article applies ONLY to users of DirectX SDK releases November 2008 and older. When using DirectX SDK (March 2009) or newer, the DirectX SDK should appear above...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK Configuration Tool May Report an Error When OS Display Format is not English

    This post describes a problem with the Windows SDK Configuration Tool, which is used to set the version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you wish to build with in the Visual Studio or Windows SDK build environments. Issue: When you launch the Windows SDK Configuration Tool on a system which...
  • Blog Post: Using the Win 7 SDK Build Environment with VS 2008

    Changes have been made to the Windows SDK build environment and how the SDK interacts with MSBUILD and Visual Studio 2008. This post applies to the RTM release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 . What changed with the Windows SDK for Windows 7? The Windows SDK for Server...
  • Blog Post: Installing Win SDK for Svr 2008 after VS 2008 breaks VS command line build environment

    Issue : After installing the Windows SDK for Server 2008, you are no longer able to build at the VS2008 command line. You receive an error that csc, vbc, and/or msbuild commands are not recognized. You are able to build without problems in the VS IDE. Cause : The VC++ compilers that install with...
  • Blog Post: Workaround: SDK build env fails on X86 XP with VS2005

    This article applies to the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . Problem: If your usage scenario matches the one listed below , you will be unable to build in the Windows SDK command line build environment. If you type cl.exe in the SDK command window and press Enter, you will...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Windows SDK and VS with new SDK Configuration tool

    This article describes the use of the Windows SDK Configuration tool, which is included in the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 and works with Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008, including Visual Studio 2008 Express SKUs. A serious bug has been discovered with the...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Visual C++ cross-compilers fail on 64-bit platforms

    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 On 64-bit platforms, the Visual C++ cross-compilers may fail to...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: MSBuild Reports a Dependency on .NET Framework SDK 2.0

    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: Updated Windows SDK Visual C++ Cross Compilers

    During Windows SDK setup you are given the option to select VC++ compilers for every platform you wish to develop for. The Windows SDK for Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 (available as a beta now) ships 5 new VC++ version 9 (Visual Studio 2008) compilers which are installed in this way: ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Running Visual Studio 2005 Integration 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...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: VCBuild fails to compile or upgrade projects

    This workaround applies to: · The prerelease Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5 (RC0) In order for VCBuild to run properly, vcprojectengine.dll needs to be registered. If vcprojectengine.dll is not registered, VCBuild.exe will fail with errors such as: On compile ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: .Net Framework 3.5 is not in the Windows SDK path

    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 .Net Framework 3.5 is not in the Windows SDK path. If the ...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: After Visual Studio integration, extra paths are added to the VC++ Directories

    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 After running Visual Studio Registration, C:\Program Files\Microsoft...
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