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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 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: 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: Installing Windows SDK for Server 2008 (v6.1) after VS2008 SP1 causes conflicts with Security Update (KB971092)

    Issue : If you install the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 , on top of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack1, some CRT files will revert back to RTM version. ( See this post for more information about this issue ) This can cause conflicts when you install patches or updates such...
  • Blog Post: Installing Win 7 SDK (RC) and VS2008 RTM can disable VC++ configuration platform choices

    If the Windows SDK for Windows 7 SDK (RC release) and Visual Studio 2008 RTM are installed on a machine running an x64 version of Windows, the following issue may occur. The Itanium and x64 listings are missing from the New Platform drop-down lists of the New Project Platform and New Solution Platform...
  • Blog Post: How to get the WinSDK Configuration Tool to work

    The Windows SDK Configuration Tool sets which version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you want to build with in Visual Studio. The tool shipped with the Windows SDK for Server 2008, and bugs have since been discovered that affect different scenarios. Here’s how to get the tool working in...
  • Blog Post: Bug Notification: VS2008 SP1 Breaks WinSDK Configuration Tool

    Issue : Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1 breaks the Windows SDK Configuration tool in the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. This tool is used to set the version of Windows SDK headers, libraries and tools you wish to build with in Visual Studio. After installing VS 2008 SP1...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Announcing: The Windows SDK Developer Center

    Today we launched the Windows SDK MSDN Developer Center . This site is intended as a one-stop place to provide information to help you determine which version of the Windows SDK is most appropriate for your use, and to get information on how you can maximize your experience with the Windows SDK. Some...
  • Blog Post: Some SDK samples require VS2005, not VS2008

    If you're using the Windows SDK and Visual Studio 2008, you may have stumbled across a few unmanaged samples that don't build. You may see one of these errors: fatal error C1083: Cannot open include file: 'mspbase.h': No such file or directory. fatal error C1083: Cannot open include file: Mtype...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: J# Samples require VJ++ (Visual Studio) to be installed

    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: SDK Workaround: Two Speech Samples Fail to Compile

    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 speech samples \winui\Speech\DictationPad and \winui\Speech...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: VCProj Files Require Upgrade Prior to Building

    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 In order to build the samples in the SDK build environment or in...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Not All Visual C++ 2005 Project Files Have X64 Configuration

    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: SDK Workaround: Guidgen.exe fails to execute, use UUIDgen.exe

    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 Guidgen.exe fails with the following error: System.ComponentModel...
  • Blog Post: SDK Workaround: Samples Fail to Compile with Debug:Itanium error

    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 Some...
  • 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: ...
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