Shimming Applications on Windows Vista 64-Bit

The same question came up two times in 26 minutes (on the same discussion list, no less), so I figured I’d answer it once here as that seems a reasonable indicator that others may have the same question. What is the deal with shimming on Windows Vista 64-bit? Well, it turns out it’s a bit…

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Windows Application Compatibility Engagement

I’m apparently going for a record, trying to see if I can spend the entire month of October jet-lagged. So far, so good (just got back from Singapore)… Anyway, I like free stuff as much as far more than the next guy. So, I figured I’d pass this one along – an initiative sponsored by…

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CorrectFilePaths Has to Point to a Directory Which Exists

A question came up via comments. (I was going to say that it came up recently, but another glance reveals that it came up in, oh, June. I don’t think I can fairly call that recent…) “…the fix seems only to work if the directory structure exists…” This is true, and worth noting. If you…

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CompatAdmin How Do I Shim Thee? Let Me Count The Ways…

When you come across issues debugging applications, there are typically several ways to solve them. Today, I’m going to pick on our own stuff and throw a few different shims at it. Interestingly enough, what I’m going to be shimming up will be the tool I use to create shims: Compatibility Administrator. That’s right -…

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10 Minute Demos of Windows Vista Deployment Topics

I haven’t seen these pop up yet – if you’re looking for a quick demo of several of the tools available to assist in a Windows Vista deployment, you may enjoy the following 10 minute demos: http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/6/9/D6943262-EF5A-4733-8247-9BF7A6FEF299/Application_Compatibility_Demo.wmv http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/6/9/D6943262-EF5A-4733-8247-9BF7A6FEF299/Assessing_Hardware_Readiness.wmv http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/6/9/D6943262-EF5A-4733-8247-9BF7A6FEF299/MDT_Install_and_Image_Creation.wmv http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/6/9/D6943262-EF5A-4733-8247-9BF7A6FEF299/Migrating_User State.wmv http://download.microsoft.com/download/D/6/9/D6943262-EF5A-4733-8247-9BF7A6FEF299/System_Center _Essentials.wmv

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The Windows Vista Compatibility Center

It’s been a couple of months since we released the Windows Vista Compatibility Center, and while I meant to discuss it at the time, it’s still worth a little chat. I talk quite a bit about the tools to test for application compatibility, sharing debugging tips, and shedding some light onto the secrets of shimming…

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Announcing ACT 5.0.3 (a.k.a. ACT 5.0.5428.1080)

It seems like just yesterday I was posting about ACT 5.0.2 being released, but we just released ACT 5.0.3. Now, I’ve had a couple of people confused about the version numbers we talk about, and what they actually see. For, rather unfortunately, you didn’t see 5.0.2 anywhere in the last one, nor will you see…

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What is the TrustedInstaller Entity You See in Windows Vista?

A question came up in one of the comments asking me to please define TrustedInstaller. I’ve talked about it before a few times, but I’ve never gone through and dug through the implementation in a visible way. Time to change that – and we can do so with the help of some built-in command line…

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