The Windows Client TechCenter

About a month ago (can you tell I’m a little behind?) we launched the Windows Client TechCenter. My little corner of the site (which is technically at but it’s easier to remember or dives in to application compatibility and UAC.

There are two things I’ve been hearing a lot from customers lately. The first is that we need to focus more on the process, providing project plans and making it easier to get started while helping people feel more confident that they haven’t missed something along the way. That’s a long-term project I’m working on – I presented an overview of our current best practices thinking at both MMS and TechEd this year. The second is to organize all of the knowledge that we have. I remember when we used to struggle just to make knowledge available. Now, we have so much knowledge available, it’s hard to find the information which you need.

The TechCenter is my first attempt at helping with the second item. I included key resources and overview materials, and then split out deeper dive materials by role: Project Managers, Testers, Debuggers, and Developers. Within each role, I have attempted to find the best documents (most of which include links for further reading if you find something which strikes a chord in you).

I welcome any feedback – have we hit the right roles? Have we given enough information per role? Collecting knowledge is the easy part – indexing it is harder. It’s not quite an end to end learning plan, but I hope it’s a valuable first step which we can evolve and continue to make better!

Comments (4)

  1. ac says:

    i have Vista and is Microsoft doing anything about letting an admintrator

    user have parental controls.  there are more than one adminstrator on our pc.

    Right now only standard users can have controls on them, but this limits them

    to control their pc as an adminitrator. All I want is to control their access

    to the internet, they shouldnt have to get permission everytime they want to

    delete a file etc. I want restriction only for internet related access but

    want them to be able to have liberty as an admin for other applications etc.

  2. cjacks says:

    Hi ac,

    Not really my area of expertise, but if you are a local administrator, there is no controlling you. You can install anything you want, including disabling the controls. It’s kind of like locking you in prison but leaving the keys in the cell with you – the first thing you’re going to do is let yourself out. "Unrestricted access to control everything on the machine" is exactly the opposite of what you want to give to somebody you’re trying to restrict in some way.

    I’m not sure why you want to give administrator access specifically anyhow. It’s not "prevent you from deleting files" – it’s "prevent you from deleting somebody else’s files or files that are shared." You can delete your own files to your heart’s content.



  3. Chris Quirke says:

    Hi!  I came here after listening to you here…

    …where you mention these compatibility shims in hte context of Standard User Analyzer.

    As a tech and system builder for stand-alone end users, I more often encounter Vista’s automatic application of compatibility settings, when it detects "something wrong" with the way a program runs.  

    By design, there’s no UI to these auto-applied settings, and they don’t map to the Properties for the program or its shortcuts.

    So my question: How do I see what settings have been applied, and either reset or edit these?

    I have to ask, because often an app will fail for reasons that are obviously unrelated to compatibility, so the settings imposed would not be needed.  For example, running an app that depends of the presence of removable storage that is absent, etc.