Windows SDK download and SQM data

I thought you might enjoy hearing about what the Windows SDK’s download and user-submitted data are looking like. This data is as of May 7th, 2007. Successful downloads of the Windows Vista Client RTM:ISO 335,909, 37%Web 577,760, 63%Total 912,850 The trend towards a higher percentage of web downloads continues. In February 60% of all users…


Windows SDK: Why do downloads and installs fail?

I thought it would be interesting to share a thread that I’m taking part in in the Windows SDK Forum about download failures.  It’s easy to blame download failures on the download servers, but there is really no way the web install can be “hosed.” Our server farm mitigates against that problem, and the download numbers back that up….


A handy DVD integrity checker

One of the frequent install problems we have with the SDK is that users have bad downloads of our ISO file. Thankfully, there’s a handy tool out on the Microsoft Downloads Center to check the file’s integrity. The Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier is a simple console app that checks the MD5 or SHA1 cryptographic hashes…