Getting Windows Mobile Device Center to work on Windows Server 2008 R2

When you try to install Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (drvupdate-amd64.exe) on Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll probably end up with the following cryptic error message which isn’t very helpful: Windows Mobile Device Center Driver Update —————————————— The update could not be installed because at least one Windows component required by Windows Mobile Device Center…

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How to detect the .NET Framework directory using PowerShell

As 64-bit machines become mainstream, one of the problems that developers run into is dealing with registry keys and directories. This is because many applications and runtimes are designed to run on both 64-bit and WOW64. The problem comes about because the same application or runtime is installed in two different directories or has two…

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The Charles Babbage Difference Engine

This week, I was in Silicon Valley to talk to a number of ISV customers about what’s coming up in Visual Studio Team System 2010 for C++ developers. I’ve always wanted to go to the Computer History Museum and this time, I had a couple of hours before my flight back to Redmond so I…

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