New Win32 Samples in Windows SDK for Windows 7

The newly released Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 contains a comprehensive set of Win32 samples illustrating Windows 7 technologies.  (An upcoming article will talk about the managed code samples.) Over 1,200 samples were changed since the release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 RC release. Many “new to Win…


Like Vista Bridge? Love Win API Code Pack for .NET Framework

If you thought the VistaBridge was a cool idea, you’re really going to love the next evolution.   Windows 7 has some great new features that will really shine in your managed application, and the Windows SDK team has been working on a way to help you do just that.   The Windows API Code Pack is…


SDK samples WSDAPI StockQuote, FileService fail to build with msbuild if VS 2008 installed

The WSDAPI StockQuote and FileService samples that ship in the Windows SDK for Windows 7 may fail to build on the command line (using msbuild) if Visual Studio 2008 is installed. These samples include project files that reference WSDL and XSD files, and msbuild attempts to invoke sproxy.exe to process these files. Visual Studio 2008…


Win 7 SDK samples WSDAPI StockQuote & FileService may fail to build if VS2008 installed

This article applies to 2 samples in the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.  The WSDAPI StockQuote and FileService samples may fail to build on the command line (using msbuild) if Visual Studio 2008 is installed. These samples include project files which reference WSDL and XSD files, and msbuild attempts to…


How-to: In search of strmbase.lib

Several of the DirectShow samples in the Windows SDK require strmbase.lib, and quite a few developers have asked me where to find this file. It does not install to the default location with other libraries (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\lib). Other folks have figured out how to build strmbasd.lib, but they need strmbase.lib. Strmbasd.lib is not included…

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Deploying MMC 3.0 applications on pre-Vista OSes

  The recently released Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 has 22 MMC 3.0 samples that install to the C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.1\Samples\SysMgmt\MMC3.0 folder.  If you’ve deployed an MMC 3.0 application to a computer that is running a pre-Vista OS, such as windows XP, your app may have a problem accessing Microsoft.ManagementConsole.dll.  To…

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Migrating VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008

If you like to read the MSDN Forums like I do, you’ve probably seen quite a few questions about how to migrate Visual Studio 2005 packages to Visual Studio 2008.  You may have even run into a few quirks yourself.  Most of the time you can just follow a few steps as James Lau outlined….

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Windows SDK Technical Articles

Did you know that you can access the  Windows SDK documentation on MSDN, without installing the SDK?  Yes, you can.  Here are some of the topics:   Overview of the Windows SDK Windows SDK in the MSDN Library What’s New in the Windows SDK The Windows SDK introduces several new and updated features for Windows…

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Corner Case: Managed Samples in SDK Docs Unavailable

  This article applies to the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5, released February, 2008, and the earlier Windows SDK for Windows Vista Update, released February, 2007.   This issue occurs very rarely, but if you’ve experienced this you would probably like an explanation.  In certain circumstances, deselecting the .NET Framework…

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Cool Sample: Download MSDN Reader

Thanks to the new Code Gallery you can read development-focused content through the awesome NY Times Reader experience.  The MSDN Reader provides offline caching/reading of MSDN Magazine articles, content annotation, and content sharing through an intuitive user interface. The source for this application is provided in the releases section on Code Gallery. This is the…

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