How to: find the right Windows SDK for your needs

Several versions of the Windows SDK and earlier Platform SDKs (PSDK) are available.  Generally, developers will want the most recent SDK, which supports several Windows operating systems.  Some developers have particular development requirements that call for an earlier SDK.  You will want to consider what version of Windows you will be installing the SDK on…

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Released: Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 RC0

The latest prerelease Windows SDK is available for download!  This SDK release supports Windows Server 2008 RC0 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2. The RC0 SDK is compatible with Visual Studio 2005 SP1; including Visual Studio Express Editions.  The new SDK includes the Visual Studio 2008 Beta2 versions of the C++ command line toolset and CRT…

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Troubleshooting SDK Download/Setup Problems

Having problems downloading and installing the Windows SDK?  Here’s some advice. Most common issues Running the Windows SDK web setup on some connections can sometimes have issues when downloading the files. We recommend that you clear the %temp%\sdksetup directory and retry your web setup. If that fails, switch over to the ISO setup for the…

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Workaround: VCBuild fails to compile or upgrade projects in SDK

There is a known issue with the pre-release Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 that may prevent your sample or code from running.  This will be fixed in a future release.  In some cases, for VCBuild to run properly, vcprojectengine.dll needs to be registered manually. Without registering vcprojectengine.dll, VCBuild.exe could fail…

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Windows SDK components in VC++ Express for VS2008

VS2008 Beta 2 is available for download. Beta 2 previews major improvements in VC++ Express for VS2008, which Nikola Dudar discusses in his blog.  With VC++ Express 2008 Beta 2, you no longer asked to download the 1 GB Windows SDK in order to build Windows applications that use Win32 APIs.  VC++ Express installs a…

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Supported platforms: Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5

The Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 provides prerelease components designed to help you develop Windows applications using both native (Win32) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies, targeting the following Operating Systems.  To use this SDK, you must also be building on one of the following supported Operating Systems:   ·         Windows…

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Windows SDK vs PSDK: what’s the difference?

The Windows SDK has replaced the PSDK.  The PSDK is no more.  Here are the details.    What’s the Windows SDK? The Windows SDK provides support for development using both the Win32/64 and the .NET Framework programming models, for both 32- and 64-bit platforms.  The Windows SDK is the name used for Windows Vista and…

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Windows Peer-to-Peer Networking with the Windows SDK

 Have you seen the Windows SDK samples that demonstrate the use of the P2P Native APIs?  The samples are installed by default to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\V6.1\Samples\NetDs\PeerToPeer \Samples\NetDS\PeerToPeer folder (see a list below).   Peer-to-Peer Networking provides peer-to-peer protocols, an application platform, and user experiences that ship in Windows.  There’s a nice (growing) list of whitepapers, presentations…

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My PUM Lori Pearce talks about the Windows SDK on Channel 9

 Lori Pearce, my own Product Unit Manager, was just interviewed on Channel 9 in a video I find both informative and inspiring.  How does the Windows SDK Team build a product that supports development using both the Win32 and .NET Framework programming models?  Hear it from the source.  Lori came to Microsoft with the Visio…

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Getting Started with the Windows SDK

You’ve just downloaded your first Windows SDK and can’t wait to get started exploring the tools, samples and documents that you’ve heard about.  But wait, how do you get to all those goodies?  To access the different components in the SDK, click the Start button, then choose All Programs, Microsoft Windows SDK… then pick what…

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