Released: Visual Studio 2008 with embedded Windows SDK Components


I’m pleased to announce on behalf of the entire Windows SDK team, that we have released Windows SDK components with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.  Windows SDK components ship embedded into just about all of the Visual Studio 2008 versions.  The Windows SDK team understands that developers have traditionally used the Windows SDK components hand-in-hand with Visual Studio, and Visual Studio 2008 will be no exception.  The Windows SDK team has worked hard over the last year plus to better understand how developers use the two products together. This research has resulted in a seamless integration between this Windows SDK and Visual Studio 2008, which for this release are one in the same. 


 


There will be no separate, standalone web release of this version of the Windows SDK.  You can download the free Visual Studio Express editions, which have some Windows SDK components.  If you want a full standalone Windows SDK for use with Visual Studio 2008, you can download the Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit Update for Windows Vista™ that was released in March, 2007. This SDK has the same set of (Vista RTM) SDK headers and libraries that are included in Visual Studio 2008.  However, the SDK tools that ship with VS2008 are more recent than those that ship in the Vista Update SDK.


 


If you want an SDK that corresponds to the prerelease version of Windows Server 2008, download the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 this SDK contains Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 versions of .NET Framework 3.5 content.  The release version of this SDK will ship at the same time as Windows Server 2008.


·         MSDN subscribers can download Visual Studio 2008 from the MSDN subscription site.


·         If you do not subscribe to MSDN, you can download a free 90-day trial edition of Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite.


o    This edition contains all Windows SDK components shipping with this release of Visual Studio.


·         You can also download the Visual Studio 2008 Express editions, which are much smaller and totally free. 


o    These editions only have a subset of Windows SDK components, but all you need to complete supported development scenarios in those editions.


·         If you want to install only the .NET Framework 3.5 runtime, you can download it here.


The .NET Framework 3.5 specific content can be found in the default SDK install folder of any Visual Studio 2008 edition under C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\


o    \Bin contains tools like SqlMetal.exe


o    \Bootstrapper directory has bootstrapper packages for developers who want to use Visual Studio 2008 to deploy their applications


o    \FXCop contains the FXCop installer


o    \Include & \Lib contains the Windows Headers and Libraries that shipped with Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit Update for Windows Vista™


Your feedback is welcome and appreciated,


 


Pat Litherland


Windows SDK Program Manager


 


 

Comments (21)

  1. Hi, I am having some issues with RC1 and the 6.1 Windows SDK.   I have installed LHS RC1 and then installed Windows Server 2008 9-day trial.   When installing the SDK, I get a notice that installation failed.   I have tried installing the compiler and headers separately and I do not get an error, however when I try to compile anything in C, I get an error about not able to spawn rc.exe when compiling.

    Do you know what might be the problem or point me to a forum where these issues are being discussed?

    Thanks.

  2. I’ve received a few emails from beginning developers asking what the difference is between Visual Studio

  3. ecdpalma says:

    There is no sample directory in the VS2008 embedded WinSDK distribution…

  4. wsdkblog@microsoft.com says:

    ecdpalma, you are correct.  The samples component was not included with those that were chosen to be embedded in Visual Studio.  These samples are available in several ways.  

    .NET Framework Samples

     * Install the Windows SDK for Vista Update (samples are included in the documentation)

     * Search for the samples by technology on MSDN

    Win32 (unmanaged) Samples

     * Install the Windows SDK Update for Vista (you can install only the Win32 samples component if desired)

    Find the Windows SDK Update for Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 here:

    The Web Install:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=4377f86d-c913-4b5c-b87e-ef72e5b4e065&displaylang=en

    ISO Download:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ff6467e6-5bba-4bf5-b562-9199be864d29&displaylang=en

    The Windows SDK Update for Vista/.NET 3.0  (released 3, 2007) is the latest released SDK.  The Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 will be releasing next, at the same time that Windows Server 2008 is released.  The Server 2008 SDK contains many new managed and unmanaged code samples.

  5. Let me re-introduce myself, my name is Pat Litherland. I have been largely absent from community engagement

  6. Let me re-introduce myself, my name is Pat Litherland. I have been largely absent from community engagement

  7. Good to see that Pat Litherland has finally joined the blogosphere with his aptly named Approved 4 Humanity

  8. aboreham says:

    After installing VS 2008, I have a C:Program FilesMicrosoft SDKsWindowsv6.0A folder with hardly anything in it. Just two folders (called bin and Bootstrapper) and no files. There are no files in the bin folder and just a few in the Bootstrapper folder.

    I didn’t have a v6.0 folder to start with.

    Why is this so?

  9. wsdkblog@microsoft.com says:

    Aboreham,

    You would expect to see a C:Program FilesMicrosoft SDKsWindowsv6.0 folder (v6.0 without an “A”) only if you installed the standalone Windows Vista SDK.  The Windows SDK components included with Visual Studio 2008 install by default to C:Program FilesMicrosoft SDKsWindowsv6.0A folder.  It is not possible for me to say why you do not see files installed in the SDK directory as expected.  Did you run a default installation of Visual Studio? Did you de-select any options during setup?  please send me more information about what version of Visual Studio 2008 you installed (was it an Express SKU?) and send your installation log if possible (wsdkfdb@microsoft.com).  I’ll help troubleshoot.

         K a r i n   M e i e r

    Windows SDK | Samples & Community PM

  10. MSDNArchive says:

    Aboreham,

    The solution for missing SDK content when Visual Studio 2008 is installed is to Update the installation through Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features on Vista).  The issue was likely caused when a component failed to install correctly during Visual Studio setup.

    • Start, Control Panel, Programs and Features

    • Check, then Uncheck a Visual Studio component (e.g. Crystal Reports)

    • Click Update

    This will update the Visual Studio installation to replace any missing files, including the SDK.

    K a r i n   M e i e r

    Windows SDK | Samples & Community PM

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