Installing shell extensions – please complain here

So… I’ve been looking more closely at Wix and I think I’m going to build some custom actions to do a really good job installing shell extensions.  Which ones do you find most problematic?  I realize this is a bit of a change of pace for the blog, so I’ll probably hit a few other…

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Supplemental Registrations (aka. Context Menu Handers (etc) – where are they loaded from…)

I’ve been thinking about the registration problem where you want to add a context menu (much of this applies to static verbs as well) to a file type (we’ll say .ogg).  You don’t want the default verb, you just want to add some verbs.  Because you don’t want the default, you shouldn’t put your progid…

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How to use BITS to transfer files

BITS is Microsoft’s background intelligent transfer service.  It’s used to transfer files without it bothering you (roughly).  The goal is to use idle bandwidth, so it doesn’t affect that streaming radio station that you like, your video chat, etc. The service is relatively full-featured, although there isn’t a proper UI that I’m aware of (not sure…

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Making an MSI that doesn’t need a UAC/LUA prompt

The goal I think that most things don’t need to require a UAC prompt to install – just install it for that user.  Why not make the MSI so it doesn’t prompt and your users get a smoother experience?  (Also, I feel much better installing a program that doesn’t require elevation to install – at…

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Wii Damage

The Wii is just cool – I have a lot of friends asking me if I can get them a discount on it and I have to explain to them that it’s not a Microsoft product.  But it clearly appeals to a whole new group of people – these are generally folks that have never…

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Flat Solution Explorer

Here’s a great tool for folks that use Visual Studio with large projects – it gives you a flat view of all the files in your solution.  Quick word-wheeling allows you to filter down to a set of files and get at exactly what you’re interested in.  It’s now available for download up on its…

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Screencast: Video of a few Guided Help Topics running.

So Andrew, went through and put together a screencast of a few of the Guided Help topics in action.  If you look carefully you can even see a few stupid ACW tricks – maybe I’ll do a stupid ACW tricks screencast at some point.  Anyway, I’ve included the soapbox version, but I’ll probably try to also put up the…

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Microsoft Junk Email Reporting Tool

This tool allows you to send in junk email so that others won’t have to read it and hopefully others similar too it won’t make it into your inbox.  It’s carefully done so that your privacy is respected (it’s not automatic so you won’t accidentally be sending things in).  It’s a bit annoying that it…

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Smile spotting – can you tell the difference?

I was taking a smile spotting survey that I found from Kathy Sierra’s blog (good reading) and I know a little bit about how to tell a fake smile from a real one (in theory) and I thought it would be fun to see how good I was at it.  At the beginning, I didn’t…

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