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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: Windows 7 SDK Setup: common installation issues and fixes

    This post describes common installation problems with the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (released August 2009), and workarounds for each issue. The Windows SDK for Windows 7 is available for download in both ISO and Web Setup format. Web setup allows you to install a specific subset...
  • 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: Troubleshooting: Uninstall SDK components

    This article applies to the Windows SDK for Windows Vista , the Windows SDK for Windows Vista Update , and the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 (a pre-release SDK at the time this post was written). The Windows SDK installs both SDK-core components and “shared” components created by other teams...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting SDK Download/Setup Problems

    Having trouble downloading or installing the Windows SDK? Here's help. Most common issues Running the Windows SDK web setup on some connections can sometimes have issues when downloading the files. We recommend that you clear the %temp%\sdksetup directory and retry your web setup. If that fails...
  • Blog Post: Can I install the Windows SDK in quiet mode?

    If you’ve tried to install the Windows SDK from a command line in quiet mode using setup.exe /q you have probably found that it’s not supported. Users are required to view and accept the Microsoft EULA during the installation , and that's not possible via a command line setup. Windows SDK Team
  • Blog Post: Send the Windows SDK Team Your Thoughts

    Do you have feedback for the Windows SDK? We want to hear from you. Email your feedback to us . The Windows SDK provides all of the necessary headers, libraries, and tools needed to build Windows applications that make use of the Win32 API set and the .NET Framework, and includes samples to illustrate...
  • Blog Post: The Windows SDK Side by Side story

    Beginning with our next public pre-release of the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008, the Windows SDK will begin installing on a Side by Side basis. What does that mean for you? Right now, not very much. But by the time the next versions of Visual Studio and Windows Server are on your computer, it should...
  • Blog Post: Reference Counting, Side by Side installation and the Windows SDK

    One of the most interesting challenges for me as a member of the Windows SDK team is that we ship so many products. Between Betas, CTPs and RTM releases, I’ve probably been part of at least a dozen releases since I joined the team in June 2005, and we have three more major releases in the pipeline for...
  • Blog Post: Windows SDK: How and why we collect installation information, part 2

    With my post from earlier in the week as a background, I wanted to share with you how the Windows SDK is collecting CEIP-conformant data on usage of our product, and what our future plans are around gathering data. We've separated our implementation of CEIP into two phases . The first phase will...
  • Blog Post: Install options in the Windows SDK

    I’m pleased to announce that the online version of the RC1 Windows Vista SDK docs are live ! We are working on Vista RTM and making plans for Visual Studio “Orcas”. Moving into the “Orcas” time frame, one of the areas we have been discussing is the Windows SDK install options. When...
  • Blog Post: Custom install locations - what do you think?

    In the June CTP, we delivered custom install locations in the Windows SDK. Have you folks seen it? If so, what do you think of it? Have you run into any problems or issues with it? Any suggested changes to the page design or format? This is a great chance to get involved with helping to influence how...
  • Blog Post: Setup in the Windows SDK

    Hi, I'm Jason Sacks, the Setup Program Manager for the Windows SDK. It's my job to help make sure that you can set up and install the SDK, and that everything behaves as expected in setup. To that end, if you're having setup problems, I'd like to refer you to two entries in my blog: "This installation...
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