Converting Shim Database Files to XML, and the Sdb* APIs

This was brought to my attention by a recent acquaintance: heaths dropped some bits on his blog that will dump the contents of an arbitrary shim database (including the system shim database) into an XML file for parsing and manipulation. I think this is interesting to a point. While you can get most of the…


Managing Shims in the Enterprise

I’ve been talking a lot about shims lately here, but it’s been rather lopsidedly technical. Using shims can be extremely helpful in mitigating application compatibility issues and unblocking deployments of Windows Vista. However, there are a few obstacles to navigate before you can really begin using them. First, you would like to really understand them…


Announcing the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0.2

We have released a new version of the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0. Internally we refer to it as the 5.0.2 release, although the actual version number isn’t 5.0.2, it’s 5.0.5428.1056. (I still haven’t fully grasped all of the inputs that drive the choice of version numbers.) Whatever you decide to call it, it’s our third…