Trying out the profiler on the VPC

I’ve frequently heard the question asked, “Can I use the profiler on a Virtual PC?”  It has even come up on the blog feedback a few times.  My answer has always been, “Theoretically, yes.”  I didn’t want to post this answer externally until I’d actually gotten around to trying it myself. I’ve finally been nagged…

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VPC and the BSOD (part 2)

I had a nice long email chat with members of the Virtual PC team. The good news:  The Virtual PC emulates the host processor well enough that our kernel-mode driver can detect what features are enabled. The bad news:  The Virtual PC does not emulate an APIC or performance counters. So, if you were planning on running…

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VPC and the BSOD

I’m so pleased.  Someone did something exciting and dangerous with the profiler.  In case you’re not reading the newsgroups, an intrepid customer tried to profile on a Virtual PC, and discovered that it only leads to pain and misery via the BSOD. So don’t do that. Seriously, is this something people want to do?  I…

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C’mon, all your Friends are Doing it

A bunch of the guys on the team I work for have been starting up blogs.  I started feeling left out, which made me very angry. It appears all blogs start with “Hi, I’m a developer who does X and I’m going to talk about Y and maybe Z.”It’s all part of Microsoft’s new image…

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