How to Shutdown Windows with Your Eyes Closed

Shutdown dialog
Shutdown dialog

It seems inevitable. At some point, you get into a situation where you need to shutdown Windows without a display or a mouse. Maybe your laptop screen has failed or your  display driver is problematic. Or perhaps, you need to drive some automation to shutdown Windows. This little trick will allow you to shutdown Windows…

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Windows 7 Touch Development Sessions from TechEd

I had the opportunity to go to TechEd North America 2011 in Atlanta this year. Channel 9 has made all the sessions from TechEd available on their website.  Now you can listen to Ben Farmer and me discuss Windows 7 multitouch development. In the Windows 7 Touch Application Development: Selecting the Right Platform presentation, I…

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Developing a Native Win32 Application for Windows 7 Touch

In a previous post, I discussed pros and cons of different development platforms for Windows 7 touch applications. In this post, I’ll continue elaborating on each development environment  and discuss common development considerations and issues for a touch application when using native C++.  If you haven’t read the Windows Touch Guidance whitepaper, please review this…

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Developing a WPF Application for Windows 7 Touch

In my previous post, I discussed pros and cons of different development platforms for Windows 7 touch applications. In this post, my goal is to discuss common development considerations and issues for a touch application when using WPF.  If you haven’t read the Windows Touch Guidance whitepaper, please review this document for good general guidance…

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Development Platforms for Windows 7 Touch

If you are planning on developing a Windows 7 Touch application, you may be wondering what development platform is the right choice for your application. Reviewing your requirements for your application and picking the right platform before you start can help you avoid roadblocks and design around limitations.  Each development platform that is enabled for…

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Troubleshooting Interactive Services Detection

Interactive Services Detection
Interactive Services Detection

My earlier post on Interactive Services Detection is very popular. It was targeted toward developers.  Based on the comments I receive, I think most readers are users looking for some help.  If you’re a developer, make sure to check out my previous post. If you are just a user trying to figure out why Interactive…

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Developing for Windows Touch? Windows Touch Guidance Document Now Available

Did you know Windows 7 has built in multi-touch API’s? Have you been wondering how to convert your current application to be touch enabled? Perhaps you want to develop the next cool slate PC app? Maybe you would like to start developing for touch but are wondering how to get started in C++, Silverlight, or…

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Troubleshooting Application Compatibility Issues – Tools, Tips, and Tricks

When I need to troubleshoot a compatibility problem, there are a handful of tools that I use that are very helpful. In this post, I’ll talk about some of my favorite tools and how to use them to identify compatibility issues. Most applications do a poor job of reporting unexpected errors. A lot of times,…

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Leveraging Windows 7 Client Software Logo Toolkit to Test Your Application

You may have heard of Windows 7 Software Client Logo.  Did you know that it has an automated test? Did you know the toolkit was designed to be scripted so you can add it to your testing process? In this post, I’ll walk though how you might want to leverage the logo toolkit in your…

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