How to launch an un-elevated process from an elevated process

Update: Please refer to Aaron’s FAQ which is being maintained while this post has grown stale This question has come up a fair amount lately.  The short answer is that you don’t* – instead you should: first launch an unelevated process have that unelevated process launch an elevated process and wait for it to finish (or…


RegNamespace sample up on codeplex

Scott, Jerry, Thayn and I have whipped up a sample of indexing the registry, as well as a shell folder (namespace extension) for viewing it.  It’s great to be able to search the registry via the index and it’s great sample of how to create a shellfolder, protocol handler, and even an IFilter.  So head on…

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RE: How to get rid of that pesky Windows Welcome Center at FIRST boot

While reading blog comments about Welcome Center, I came across this entry on how to remove welcome center at first boot. … With a simple .reg file though, you can kill Windows Welcome Center dead on first boot — simply put the following into your .reg file and save it, run it, or add it to your scripts:…

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Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

I was just looking at the Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista video.  Wow.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s nice to see people doing amazing things with Avalon/WPF.  I was particularly impressed with the great flow and visual as you select the background color (pictured, but watch the video about 2/3rds in for the full effect). I look forward…

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Bernie Klinder ♡ Guided Help

From Bernie’s review of Windows Vista’s killer features… Guided Help and Automated Diagnostics — A large number of help desk calls are for simple technical issues that aren’t difficult to resolve but are somewhat time consuming to explain to a remote non-technical user. Network issues, printing issues and device drivers are common scenarios that Windows…


Microsoft CES website – Group Shot pictures

Here’s Microsoft’s CES website.  There’s a ton of interesting stuff on here.  The one that will probably impact me the most is Group Shot.  Not that the rest isn’t incredibly cool, it’s just that I have the groupshot problem a lot. 🙂   These two images becomes combined (source can be seen bottom left) to look like bottom…

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Sabarinath Nair reviews Guided Help, Vista

Sabarinath had this to say about Guided Help: Guided Help While this feature is still under beta, I believe this would be an interesting feature to have. In addition to having descriptive help files, Guided Help teaches you visually how to do the tasks. It also allows you to record steps, from which you can…


Windows boot screens though time

Long Zheng shows off the progression in the screen that is both the first thing we see and the last thing we want to spend time looking at. … 

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Windows Vista Keyboard Shortcuts

Just came across this good listing of keyboard shortcuts in Windows Vista and thought I’d share them around.  Some people refuse to use the keyboard for much besides email, but I’m a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts (and love the ubiquitous search features in Vista)

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Agile teams at Microsoft?

Well, I was just reading ex-MSFT guy Moishe Lettvin’s entry about how the start menu put together.  In brief, there was a lot of wasted time in meetings (my interpretation), waiting for code to arrive, thrashing due to dependencies, and not a lot of writing actual code.  It sounds like the feature ended up missing the…