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  • 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: 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 7 SDK is...
  • 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: Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework

    Excited about Windows 7 and would like to use new features from your managed application, but do not have a convenient way to do that? Always wanted to use many of the useful features from Windows Vista or older versions of Windows but could not do so because they were not available via .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: Win SDK for Server 2008 plus VS2008 causes double X64 platform entries 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 Scenario : You probably have this issue if your computer setup matches the setup described below: 1. Visual...
  • 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 other 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...
  • 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 should use the most recent Windows SDK, which supports several Windows operating systems.  However, some developers have development requirements that call for an earlier SDK.  When...
  • Blog Post: ESENT (Extensible Storage Engine) API in the Windows SDK

    I’m not sure how many people know that Windows comes with an embeddable, transactional database engine which is available to developers through the Windows SDK. The ESENT database engine can be used whenever an application wants high-performance, low-overhead storage of structured or semi-structured...
  • Blog Post: How it works: Windows SDK Documentation Part 2

    Many Windows SDK users have questions about the system behind the documentation provided with the SDK. Part 1 of this series explained the basic structure behind the Windows SDK help system. It also looked at how ms-help:// URLs can be used to learn about the organization of the documentation “behind...
  • Blog Post: How it works: Windows SDK Documentation (Part 1)

    Introduction Many Windows SDK users have questions about the system behind the documentation provided with the SDK. Here is the first in a series of posts explaining how this system works and how to customize it. This post provides an overview of the basic structure behind the Windows SDK help system...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK Hidden Gems Part 3: TcpAnalyzer.exe and Consume.exe

    I’ve been writing about some of the useful but sometimes overlooked tools in the Windows Software Development Kit for Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . For this installment, let’s have look at couple of tools that are related in that they are both used for testing. Check out my other ‘hidden gems...
  • Blog Post: WinSDK bug notification: 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: 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: Workaround: Installing Win SDK after VS2008 breaks XAML Intellisense

    Several VS 2008 and Windows SDK users have reported that Intellisense stops working for XAML projects after installing the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . The Windows SDK Team and the Visual Studio 2008 team has been able to repro the issue and the cause has been identified...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual C++ 2008 Express with the Windows SDK (short version)

    This article describes what you need to do to build Win32 applications using Visual C++ Express and the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . A more detailed explanation including screenshots can be found here . With the Visual Studio 2008 Express versions you can build Win32 applications...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual C++ 2008 Express with the Windows SDK (detailed version)

    This article describes what you need to do to build Win32 applications using Visual C++ Express and the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. A shortened, quick-start version of this article (without screenshots) can be found here . You can also read the blog post Integrating Windows...
  • Blog Post: How-to: Find API References Alphabetically

    Did you know that you can search for APIs alphabetically in the Windows SDK Documentation? You can search the online SDK Documents on MSDN . The alphabetical API listing is named “Platform Information” topic. It’s a handy way to find that API reference if you can remember the API name, or close...
  • Blog Post: How to: build from the Windows SDK command line

    This “How-to” applies to the Windows SDK for Vista, the SDK Update for Vista, and the SDK for Server 2008. (In order to build the samples in the SDK build environment or in Visual Studio 2008, the Win32 samples project files must be upgraded. This is not necessary when building the samples with Visual...
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