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  • Tom Archer's Blog

    ReadyBoost Q&A

    Back in April, I posted a blog entry on the ReadyBoost feature - the Windows Vista feature that allows you to use a USB key as virtual memory in order to enhance performance. While I originally intended the post to be an overview of ReadyBoost, it proved...
  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

    Solving setup errors by using the SubInACL tool to repair file and registry permissions

    A while back, I wrote a blog post about a .NET Framework 2.0 beta 2 installation problem that was caused by incorrect access control list (ACL) permissions on some registry hives. In that post, I described how to use a tool in the Windows Resource Kit...
  • Pilchie's C# and Visual Studio Blog

    Finally! VS2005 Beta2 released.

    We finally got it out there. Take a look at msdn . Or, to see it from the big guy, Soma's blog . Please go get this, and let us know what you think.
  • Building Windows 8

    Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8

    When it comes to talking about "fundamentals" we want to start with boot time – no feature gets talked about and measured more. We designed Windows 8 so that you shouldn't have to boot all that often (and we are always going to work on reducing...
  • MSBuild Team Blog

    Sprint 9 Review

    It’s been about a month since we last talked about Sprint 9, and it’s time for an update. If you recall, the MSBuild team was planning on two parallel sprints: one for platform investigations and one to support internal dogfooding efforts . Last Friday...
  • Code/Tea/Etc...

    Spiderman 2... the game, not the movie...

    I had been planning to go to Spiderman 2 last night at 12:01 am... but I decided to skip it instead... so I went out during the day and spent my Father's Day gift (a gift certificate for Best Buy... my wife made a great choice) on a wireless xbox controller...
  • SQL Protocols

    Understanding "login failed" (Error 18456) error messages in SQL Server 2005

    In continuing with the theme of understanding error messages I'll discuss the "login failed" messages that are surfaced by the client and written to the server's error log ( if the auditlevel is set to log failures on login which is the default) in the...
  • Xbox Live Operations Blog

    Having issues finding matches in Modern Warfare 2?

    We’ve heard the feedback that some of you are having a hard time finding games in matchmaking with MW2 since Tuesday’s update. If those of you with this problem can answer a few questions it’ll help us get to the bottom of things. Please leave a...
  • Microsoft InfoPath 2010

    Using the Contact Selector Control

    (This post applies to InfoPath 2007. If you're using InfoPath 2010, then you should check out this post instead.) We have seen a number of requests on how to allow a user to enter (or select) a person’s name or logon alias and then validate that user...
  • IEBlog

    The First Year of IE7

    It’s been a little over a year since we released IE7 on Windows XP and for Windows Vista, so I thought it would be worthwhile to talk about where we are after the year. According to internal Microsoft research based on data from Visual Sciences Corporation...
  • IEBlog

    IE7 beta 1 – A few details…

    We’ve heard some great feedback on what web developers would like to see in IE7, both from the responses to my last post and from the resources I referred to.  The rest of the team was cranking away while I was away on parental leave, and I wanted to...
  • Dave Green's WebLog

    Which Style of Workflow When?

    Windows Workflow Foundation supports three basic styles of workflow: Sequential, State Machine and Data-Driven. I get a lot of people asking me which style is right for their problem, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on this with you all. Let...
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