The New Home for Windows SDK info: the Windows Dev Center

So that we can bring you a great resource for information about developing Windows apps, we want to focus our conversations about the Windows SDK on the Windows Dev Center and the Windows 8 app developer blog.  These sites will be the home for future updates and information about the Windows SDK, and we’ll no…


Released: Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Compiler Update for the Windows SDK 7.1

An update to the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (Windows SDK 7.1) is now available from the Microsoft Download Center. This update addresses the issue where Visual C++ Compilers and libraries that are installed with the Windows SDK are removed when Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 is installed.  Please…


Windows SDK v7.1 with Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 – Potential issue with x64/IA64 Visual C++ Compilers

We’ve identified an issue for users of the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (Windows SDK v7.1). If you have downloaded and installed the stand-alone Windows SDK v7.1 and you are using the x64 or IA64 compilers that were included in that download, you may find that these compilers and the…


Downloading the Windows SDK 7.1 documentation for offline viewing

We’ve received feedback about previous versions of the Windows SDK related to the large size of the download.  To partially mitigate this, the latest SDK now gives users the choice of whether to download the documentation to their machine for offline viewing or to view the documentation strictly online.  You may notice that there are quite a few sets…

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Released: Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4

The RTM release of the Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 is now available for download in either ISO or Web Setup format.  Here are a few key features about this Software Development Kit (SDK): ·         Smaller/Faster: at less than 600MB, this SDK is less than half the size of the previous…

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Coming soon: Win SDK for Windows 7 and .NET 4

The upcoming Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 (WinSDK v7.1) is packed with new features supporting developers creating applications for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 or targeting the .NET Framework 4. This SDK will be released soon after the RTM version of Visual Studio 2010 is released. You can build Windows 7/Server 2008…

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Windows SDK Build Environment: Upcoming features and improvements

What to expect from Windows SDK build environment in Windows SDK v7.1 The Windows SDK command line build environment that ships with Windows 7.1 SDK will include several custom props and targets files that will provide the ability to build both native and managed applications. It supports building applications from makefiles and Visual Studio project…

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Hidden Gems: Troubleshooting Pack Designer

Windows 7 offers a built-in Windows Troubleshooting Platform (WTP) that consolidates the typical user’s support and troubleshooting needs into a single consistent user interface. Open Control Panel and search for “troubleshooting”. You’ll see some built in troubleshooting packs designed to help fix common issues such as hardware and sound issues, network and internet connectivity and…

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Using SecAnnotate to Analyze Your Assemblies for Transparency Violations

SecAnnotate can be used to analyze your assemblies, especially APTCA assemblies in order to find transparency violations without needing code coverage from a test case.  The static analysis provided by SecAnnotate is valuable in ensuring that your assembly is fully correct from a transparency perspective.  You can get the tool now in beta form here,…

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New samples in Win 7 SDK: Direct2D and DirectWrite

The Windows 7 SDK comes with several components, including tools, documentation, headers and libraries, and samples. In this series of blogs, I’ll go through a number of sample that particularly target the new features in Windows 7. I’ll talk about how to build and run them and what the requirements are for each. Samples have…

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