OEM Ready Test Case 1 Incorrectly Fails with a UTF-8 manifest

I haven’t posted in a while.  I’ve been helping out with a couple other programs we have going on in the labs these days.  OEM Ready is a subset of Certified for Windows Vista targeted at applications that ship on new PC’s. If you are using the automation in the OEM Ready Certification Test Tool,…

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Registering ATL Performance Counters on Vista and Server 2008

If you use the ATL Server performance counter libraries, you may run into a problem on Vista and WS08.  The ATL libraries don’t play well with the updates to Windows Resource Protection.  WRP enforces restrictions on the registry to prevent corruption of performance counters.  ATL breaks these rules and tries to update the registry directly….

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Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility presentation

In the compatibility labs, we always give an big overview presentation about Windows application compatibility.  There’s a lot of overlap between Vista and WS08 AppCompat but we call out some specific areas that mostly affect WS08.  We’ve recorded the WS08 specific section of the presentation and posted it to Channel 9.  I hope you find…

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Detecting what Server Roles are installed on Windows Server 2008

I think there is always a nugget of information that inspires a blog.  This is the idea that inspired my blog. By default, Windows Server 2008 has no server roles installed.  This isn’t intended to make you do more work (it’s a feature).  The goal is to be secure by default.  After the OS installed,…

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Where do I start?

When you work on a given subject for a while, you tend to jump right in and forget to start at the beginning.   In the Application Compatibility lab, we kick off the week with an overview presentation and cover the basics of common compatibility issues.  Those topics are probably a good place to start with…

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Welcome to my blog

I’m Pat Altimore an Application Developer Consultant who spends most of my time working in the Application Compatibility Labs at Microsoft. I’m planning on posting stuff of interest that we find in the lab. I hope the posts here will be helpful to developers that are getting their apps ready for Vista or Windows Server…

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