Windows Vista OS image creation and deployment guide

I was looking at some of the Windows Vista information on the main Microsoft site this weekend, and I found an interesting document describing the process for creating and deploying OS images that I wanted to post here.  Windows Vista OS setup is built on an entirely new set of technologies than previous versions of…

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Design considerations for Windows Media Center applications on 64-bit operating systems

A little while ago, I wrote this blog post describing some changes that were made to the Q podcast and video blog client sample application that is included in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista.  Those changes were made to better support running the Q application on Windows Media Center extender devices. While…

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New Windows Media Center applications for Windows Vista from OABsoftware

OABsoftware has released 3 new Windows Media Center applications for Windows Vista.  All 3 are written in Media Center Markup Language (MCML), which is one of the new technologies introduced in the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista. Here is more information about the applications: Vista Media Center Mail Introduction – http://vistamcmail.oabsoftware.nl/ Download page – http://vistamcmail.oabsoftware.nl/index.php?MainURL=body-download.htm…

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How to automatically suppress application compatibility warnings on Windows Vista

Recently, a fellow employee contacted me with a question about unattended installation of Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista.  They were following the instructions that I posted in this blog post to prevent unattended installation from trying to install the .NET Framework 2.0 and the instructions in this blog post to control reboots. However, when…

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Final version of Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista available for download!!

Today is a really exciting day for me.  After a lot of work, a ton of great beta feedback and a couple of last minute fire drills, we have released the final version of the Windows Media Center SDK for Windows Vista today. Since the RC2 build, we have done some additional work on the…

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White paper with UAC development information for Windows Vista

Recently, a friend of mine asked me a question about an installer that his team was working on.  They have an MSI that is launched by a lightweight bootstrapper that is named something like ProductSetup.exe.  When running this installer on Windows Vista, they noticed that Windows was automatically prompting for permission to elevate when the…

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