The Seattle wind storm 2006

Things are slowly getting back to normal around here after a nasty wind storm hit the area last week. Many of my friends and coworkers are without power, and there were even several deaths from the storm. Thankfully the worst that happened to my family is that traffic was horrible coming home the night of…

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Windows SDK: Why do samples install to /Program Files, even on Windows Vista?

One feature of Windows Vista that deeply affects setup is the tight control of files in the Program Files directory. For secuirty reasons, files in that directory tightly controlled in terms of how and when they may be modified. This caused a bit of a problem for the SDK, though, since we install all files to C:\Program…

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SDK Setup problems? Please send us your logs

Well, the Windows SDK RTM has been out for about a month at this point and things look fairly good. Over 300,000 people have downloaded either the web setup or ISO version of the SDK, which is exciting. We’ve far exceeded the number of users who got any of our pre-releases by a fairly wide…

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Windows SDK Samples: Even better through componentization

Karin Meier, the Windows SDK Samples PM, has started her own blog and I noticed it had several posts about setup issues. I especially like her post about just downloading the .NET Framework samples because it highlights one of our key achievements in setup. Now instead of having the SDK composed of a set of MSMs that are…

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Windows SDK: wow, look at those numbers

First of all, if you develop applications for a living or just like to play with development in your free time, what are you waiting for? Download the Windows SDK and start playing with new Windows Vista APIs, read great docs on Win32 and .NET Framework development, use our useful tools, and play with some…

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Windows SDK: Planning ahead

Now that we’ve reached the mythical Zero Bug Bounce for the Windows SDK, we’re finally ready to start thinking about our next few releases. I mentioned when I last posted to this blog, over a month ago (shame on me!) that the SDK team doesn’t get to take a deep breath, drink mai tais on…

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Windows SDK: Getting it all out the dang door…

As I mentioned last week, we’re starting to really get down to those old brass tacks when it comes to the Windows SDK release. The last of the major bugs are getting resolved, we’re having daily bug triages in which we increasingly are forced to argue like crazy people in order to get new bugs…

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Error 1329 installing the Windows SDK

This is an error that several users have reported and looks something like this: Error 1329. A file that is required cannot be installed because the cabinet file C:\WINDOWS\Installer\MSI122.tmp is not digitally signed.  This may indicate that the cabinet file is corrupt. This error usually comes from a download component that has gotten corrupt in…

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