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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: Hidden Gems: Troubleshooting Pack Designer

    Windows 7 offers a built-in Windows Troubleshooting Platform (WTP) that consolidates the typical user’s support and troubleshooting needs into a single consistent user interface. Open Control Panel and search for “troubleshooting”. You’ll see some built in troubleshooting packs designed to help fix common...
  • Blog Post: New samples in Win 7 SDK: Direct2D and DirectWrite

    The Windows 7 SDK comes with several components, including tools, documentation, headers and libraries, and samples. In this series of blogs, I’ll go through a number of sample that particularly target the new features in Windows 7. I’ll talk about how to build and run them and what the requirements...
  • Blog Post: Building web services on Windows with C++

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 introduce the new framework for building web services in C++ code. Windows Web Services API (WWSAPI) supports the core set of protocols for SOAP-based web services. Developers can use WWSAPI in applications where they need to use native C/C++ code and they cannot...
  • Blog Post: Win SDK Hidden Gems: Function Discovery Browser (fdbrowser.exe)

    The Function Discovery API, introduced in Vista, serves as an abstraction layer between applications and devices. This API allows applications to discover devices by function rather than lower level details such as bus or connection type. The Function Discovery Browser is a utility that displays information...
  • 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: Released: Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

    The RTM release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is now available for download in either ISO or Web Setup format. The Web setup format allows you to install a specific subset of the SDK you select without having to download the entire SDK. The DVD ISO setup format allows...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Communication

    This is the post number 11, the final article in a series that describes new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following is a new COM+ Spy sample that was updated to support Windows 7. See also: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Networking and Related Services New...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Windows User Interface

    This is post number 9 in a series that describes new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Windows User Interface , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7. Technologies include Shell, Locations and Sensors, Sidebar, Sideshow, Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Windows Base

    This is post number 8 in a series that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Windows Base technologies , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7. This includes technologies such as Boot Configuration, Debugging, Device...
  • Blog Post: New Tools in Windows SDK for Windows 7

    The upcoming release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 contains many new tools, some of which are brand new, some which are being reintroduced into the SDK and some of which are being made available via the SDK for the first time. These tools will be found under %ProgramFiles...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Web

    This is the seventh in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Web development , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7. Technologies illustrated include WinHTTP, Windows Internet (WinInet), Web...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Tablet PC and MultiTouch

    New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Tablet PC and MultiTouch This is the sixth in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Tablet PC and MultiTouch , and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Open Packaging Conventions (OPC)

    New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Open Packaging Conventions (OPC) This is the fifth in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to Open Packaging Conventions (OPC), and are new to Windows 7 or updated...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Systems Management

    This is the fourth in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists systems management and scheduling samples, including Task Scheduler, Windows PowerShell, and Windows Remote Management (WinRM). See also: New Win32 Samples in Windows...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Security

    This is the third in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists Security samples, including Authorization, CryptoApi, Local Security Authority (LSA), Windows Firewall, and x509SecurityToken. See also: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Networking and Related Services

    This is the second in a series of posts that describe new and updated samples in the Windows 7 SDK. The following table lists samples that pertain to networking and related services, and are new to Windows 7 or updated to support Windows 7, including the Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI), Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7: Multimedia

    The upcoming release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 contains a comprehensive set of Win32 samples illustrating Windows 7 technologies. Over 1,200 samples were changed since the release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 RC release. Many “new to Win 7” samples were added, simplified...
  • 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: Released: Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: RC

    The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: Release Candidate has been released in both ISO and Web Setup format. Web setup allows you to install a specific subset of the SDK you select without having to download the entire SDK; whereas the DVD ISO setup allows you to download the entire...
  • Blog Post: Released: Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: Beta

    The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: Beta has been released (ISO-format). As many of you are already aware, the release of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta occurred barely 3 weeks ago. What some of you may not be aware of however, is that there also was a Beta release...
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