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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: 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: 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: 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: WinSDK Files That Shipped with Visual Studio 2008: Tools

    Did you ever wonder what Windows SDK tools, headers, libraries, and reference assemblies are included in the different Visual Studio 2008 SKUs? These Windows SDK components are embedded in all Visual Studio 2008 SKUs. If you are looking for a particular file, you may not need to install a separate Windows...
  • Blog Post: WinSDK in VS2008 SP1: what changed?

    I'm often asked what changed in the Windows SDK components that shipped with Visual Studio 2008 between the RTM version and the SP1 version. To answer this question, I’ve compiled a list of new files and files that changed within the retail version of Visual Studio 2008. Windows SDK content changes...
  • 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: 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: 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: Released: Visual Studio 2008 with embedded Windows SDK Components

    I’m pleased to announce on behalf of the entire Windows SDK team, that we have released Windows SDK components with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 . Windows SDK components ship embedded into just about all of the Visual Studio 2008 versions. The Windows SDK team understands that developers...
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