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The new HTML standard is part of a proliferation of challenges and opportunities that developers face today: Browser Wars v2.0 Going back 10 years ago, Internet Explorer could claim 95% of the browser market (http://en.wikipedia.org/wi... Today you have to include IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari to get past the 95% support mark (http://marketshare.hitslin... And this only includes desktop browsers! Safari, the Android browser and Opera all have strong market shares in the mobile/tablet ...
Today being the second Tuesday of the month is Patch Tuesday and it promises to be a busy one.See http://www.itpro.co.uk/6381... to the above report, the Microsoft patches to be released today include a critical one for Microsoft Media Player on Vista and below. (For Windows 7, it is merely important.) Whether critical or just important, you should ensure the patches ...
Whenever I do use Visual Studio and try to compile something under 64 bit I run into problems. It seems that most MS Devs for Visual Studio and the relevant tool chain are still mainly writing 32 bit applications. Here are some of the latest issues I did run into. COM applications targeting x64 are still using x32 as target platform for the MIDL compiler by default Resolution: You have to select in the UI MIDL – Target Environment X64 by yourself. Alternatively you can edit the vcxproj file directly ...
USB Boot Disk When you look how to create USB Boot Disk on the web it is a nightmare Here is the easiest I use that works for all MS prods At a computer running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008, run a command prompt as administrator and execute the following: Make Sure you have all explorer windows closed and nothing referencing the USB i.e a doc open in Word 1. C:\> diskpart DISKPART> list disk [Identify disk # of the USB key] DISKPART> sel disk 1 [assuming 1 was the # from ...
Hi All, Sysprep creates a snapshot of a virtual machine with BizTalk Server 2010 installed for quick deployment on other virtual machines Prerequisites Before using Sysprep, you should have some knowledge of using virtual machines with Hyper-V. You should also have a virtual machine with a clean, typical installation of BizTalk Server and all of its prerequisites. Sysprep will run on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista with SP1. Description Sysprep creates a VHD of a BizTalk Server 2010 installation ...
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Hace algún tiempo me consultaban como comunicar un dispositivo móvil con un servicio WCF[Windows Communication Foundation] , sin embargo me escribieron indicándome que habían seguido los pasos de algunos post pero no tenían éxito al generar el proxy que permite al dispositivo comunicarse con el servicio WCF. Trate de revisar el caso ya que aparentemente revisando los pasos todo estaba correcto y efectivamente no se generaba el proxy y devuelve un error de : C:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\SDK\Com... ...
As a developer of Microsoft technologies I alway think about what programming model and tools are provided by the platform. On Microsoft new operation system Windows 8 developer write two type of applications first one is Metro Style Apps and second one is Desktop Apps. Metro Style Apps Metro style apps are full screen apps tailored to your users' needs, tailored to the device they run on, tailored for touch interaction, and tailored to the Windows user interface. Desktop Apps Normal Windows applications ...

Last week, Microsoft held their long awaited Build Windows (or simply "Build") conference in Anaheim CA. About 5000 people packed the convention center to discover the latest version of the Windows operation system: Windows 8.

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I am like everyone else when it comes to Preview OS Software. I don’t want it on installed on my primary machine and I don’t want to lug around another laptop to try stuff. I am not a fan of booting of VHD (which I will explain in a second). Scott Hanselman made a great post on how to do this if you are interested however. The main issue that I see with this approach is that the bootloader on my MAIN MACHINE is replaced with the Windows 8 Preview one. Yikes! I don’t want any preview software with ...
I kept getting this error whenever I try and do a Windows Update. This used to happen, particularly if I haven’t done a WU for a very long time. The usual suspects are anti-virus, firewall and sometimes, pending windows updates which would get resolved when I do a restart of the machine. I am running a Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit OS. This time, I connected a machine after almost 6 months and had a truck load of windows updates to be done. I tried restarting multiple times but every time, I run the WU wizard, ...
Although Android tablets have been gaining increasing market share, they are still not as popular as the iPad, could Microsoft challenge the tablet market with their new OS Windows 8? It certainly looks very likely, Microsoft have always had success with successive operating systems after a major revamp, take Windows Vista and Windows 7 as an example, the latter builds on the success or rather the failure of the previous OS. Windows 8 looks to establish itself as the OS of choice for tablets by building ...
For a period of time, I have access to both an MSDN and a TechNet subscription. Both offer Microsoft software for download. I wondered what the similarities and differences were between the two subscriptions. I copied the two download lists into Excel and aligned them. Most of the material I would never use. Some products I have never heard of. I present the lists, current as of today, for your reviewing pleasure. TechNet MSDN Applications (63) Applications (79) Access 2.0 Access 2003 Access 2003 ...
At http://visualstudiogallery.... Microsoft have provided a tool for Visual Studio to provide reports on Visual Studio 2010 performance problems. The use of it has been discussed at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vis... as follows: "Would you like Visual Studio 2010 to be even faster? Would you like any performance issue you see to be reported automatically without any hassle? Well now you can, with the new Visual ...
I have just found on source Forge a free screenshot tool - http://sourceforge.net/proj... This tool can capture: the whole screen a given windows a user selectable rectangle Greenshot can be used for annotating the image. It works on 32-bit MS Windows (NT/2000/XP), 64-bit MS Windows, Vista, Windows 7, WinXP ...
Vista has an auto tuning feature which is hit and miss, depending on what network appliances/cards/devices you've got hooked up. Try this: 1. Navigate to Start>Programs>Access... Command 2. Type: netsh interface tcp show global 3. Look the line for receive window auto tuning. If it says highlyrestricted type this command (all on one line): netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=restricted 4. Try browsing, if it isn't any better, enter the same command like, just change restricted ...
Just had a stupid fake anti virus software program try to infect my computer. Two scary things about it; first, it tried to present itself as a legitimate operation by Microsoft trying to copy a file while browsing images of a band in Bing using IE9. I got the User Access Control (UAC) prompt (that thing that pops up and grays out the rest of your screen) twice. After telling it no twice, it crashed IE then presented itself not just as the fake anti virus software but also with its own fake “Action ...
Introduction I recently came across a handy tool that can be used as a setup bootstrapper for windows. Its called dotNetInstaller and can be found at http://dotnetinstaller.code... This tool allows the user to distribute a single compressed, executable packaged setup with all the pre-requisites. It is very customisable. For the purposes of demonstration i will use the scenario that we encountered with our software distribution: We have 4 pre-requisites that need to be checked and installed ...
As I posted earlier on getting the Azure PowerShell CmdLts to install and such on Windows 7, working with the Azure MMC is also another item that requires a tad of a workaround to get it going. If you attempt to install, you will run into the first roadblock of the OS being a non-supported OS. The way around that is to find the working installation folder for Azure MMC (normally, C:\WindowsAzureMMC). Once there, then we need to look for the setup folder, inside the setup folder we will look for Dependencies.xml. ...
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of drawing. A lot of it has been creating sprite animations for XNA projects. From many years of using it, I work primarily with Gimp. Some aspects of it frustrate me (mostly its awkward window management in Windows), but it suits my purposes well enough and lets me do things that other free solutions don’t. One thing I learned quite some time ago was that when including multiple items in a single texture (i.e a sprite sheet), you want to have some separation between ...
Let me start with this disclaimer: this is not a supported environment. You may/will run into problems and then you’re on your own. Microsoft will not help you here. If you want to develop for Surface (v1, that is, since that’s the only one available at this time of writing) you will have to use Windows Vista 32bit and Visual Studio 2008 Pro or higher. So, that’s out of the way. Let’s return to the real world. I am, of course, running Windows 7 Ultimate (64bit) and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate. After ...
The much anticipated RTM release of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) happened today. IE9 preview release was first showcased at MIX 2010 and post that there were 7-8 Platform Preview releases. Also, IE9 Beta came out in September 2010 with close to 10 million downloads within a month. More recently, the RC version was out with much improved performance. Today, marks the launch of IE9 RTM. What this means is that, within an year, the IE Team has shipped the stable product, much faster than the earlier cycles ...
I have been using the various versions of the Microsoft Windows product line since NT4 and I really thought I knew the ins and outs about the NTFS filesystem by now. There were always a few rules of thumb to understand what happens if you move data around. These rules were: "If you copy data, the copied data will inherit the permissions of the location it is being copied to. The same goes for moving data between disk partitions. Only when you move data within the same partition, the permissions are ...
Recently I had a problem with opening a common dialog from a WPF appication. I ended up doing in from WinForms application instead. I wish I had known then about the Windows API code pack and Vista Bridge. They are free downloads from: http://archive.msdn.microso... http://archive.msdn.microso... ...
Sitting on a window seat on my way back from Seattle I looked out the window and saw the large body of water. I was reminded of childhood memories of running as hard as I could through burning hot sand with the anticipation of the splash of the ocean. Looking out the window the water appeared like a sheet draped over land. I couldn’t help but ponder how perspective changes everything. Over the last several days I had a chance to attend the MVP Summit in Redmond. I had a great time with fellow MVP’s ...
Suggested steps to fix the nasty Windows power management issue of plugged in not charging. Option 1: Disconnect AC Shutdown Remove battery Connect AC Startup Under the Batteries category, right-click all of the Microsoft ACPI Compliant Control Method Battery listings, and select Uninstall (it’s ok if you only have 1). Shutdown Disconnect AC Insert battery Connect AC Startup Option 2: Turn off laptop. Unplug AC power. Remove battery. Replace AC power. Turn on laptop, allow OS to boot. Once logged ...
For most people, upgrading to Windows 7 has been a relatively painless process. Not me. I am in the unlucky 1% or less who had a somewhat less pleasant experience. First, I cloned my entire hard drive onto a larger (and much faster) solid state hard drive, only experiencing minimal problems. Then, I bought the Retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate, took a deep breath and... oh yeah, I almost forgot - BACK UP THE COMPUTER. The next morning I upgraded to Win 7 and everything seemed fine, until... I ...
I’m working on several large posts right now. So in the interim, I’ve decided to do shorter posts that contain something I find very helpful. This is the first. I’ve been using Windows 7 since April 2010. It’s the first OS I’ve ever worked with that I actually enjoy. I’ve used many over the years (KERNAL; PC DOS; MS-DOS 3.x+; Windows 3.0, 3.11, 95, 98, 98 SE, Me, NT 3.51, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, 7; various GNU/Linux distros starting with Debian 1.2 – most recently Ubuntu 10.04; ProDOS, Mac OS 9.X, ...
[you can still register if you are free on the afternoons of 9th to 11th – UK time] We have 50+ registrations with more coming in – which is fantastic. Please read on to make the most of the training. Background We have structured the training to make sure that you can still learn lots during the three days even if you do not have SharePoint 2010 installed. Additionally the course is based around a subset of the channel 9 training to allow you to easily dig deeper or look again at specific areas. ...
Sometimes the tool is blamed for errors which are not the fault of the tool – this is one such story. It was however, not so easy to get to the bottom of it, so I hope sharing this story can help some others. One of our test developers started to get this message inside the test steps part of a test case in the MTM. saying “Could not load file or assembly ‘0 bytes from System, Version=4.0.0.0,……..” The same error came up inside Visual Studio when we opened a test case there. Then we noted a similar ...
One of the useful features of Windows Explorer is the ability to add additional targets to the SendTo list. With windows 7, getting at the Send To directory in Windows 7 need some help. Please see http://www.howtogeek.com/ho... on how to do this. Once you have the send to directory, just add the shortcut to it. In my case I located the ILDASM utility, created a short cut on the desktop and moved it to the send-to directory. Now what is ILDASM? ...
Introduction Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a core infrastructure service on any network that provides IP addressing and DNS server information to PC clients and any other device. DHCP is used so that you do not have to statically assign IP addresses to every device on your network and manage the issues that static IP addressing can create. More and more, DHCP is being expanded to fit into new network services like the Windows Health Service and Network Access Protection (NAP). However, ...
When Windows 2003 came out, Microsoft introduced the ability to broadcast messages to any machines that were listening back. All you had to do was send out a message on a particular port and IP address and any client that had set up a Multicast queue with matching port and IP address would get a copy. Since its introduction, there have been a couple of security vulnerabilities that needed to be removed: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-052 Vulnerability in Pragmatic General Multicast (PGM) Could ...
First of all, I haven’t been updating this blog as regularly as it used to be. Primarily, due to the fact that, I was visiting a lot of cities talking about SharePoint, Web Matrix, IE9 and few other stuff. IE9 is my new found love and I simply think we have done great work in improving the browser and browsing experiences for our users. This post would talk about IE, general things happening around the web and few misconceptions around IE (I had earlier written about IE8 and common myths ) When you ...
Problem Like most organizations, we are planning to upgrade our database server from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008. I would like to know is there an easy way to know in advance what kind of issues one may encounter when upgrading to a newer version of SQL Server? One way of doing this is to use the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Advisor to plan for upgrades from SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005. In this tip we will take a look at how one can use the SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Advisor to identify ...
The code samples in Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework are updated on 2010-12-13. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... Updated code sample index categorized by technologies: http://1code.codeplex.com/w... (it also allows you to download individual code samples instead of the entire All-In-One Code Framework sample package.) If it’s the first time that you hear about Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, ...
Thanks to Chris Hay, Allister Frost and the guys from NxtGenUG Cambridge for hosting an evening of virtualisation, and for their secretary Rachel Hawley for sorting out all the dates and details ;-). It was a good turnout so close to Christmas, obviously the bribe of home made mince pies got some people out on a cold wintery December evening. Big thanks to Allister for driving me to the railway station to ensure I made the 22:29 train, made all the easier by quaffing a couple of very well kept pints ...
I recently encountered this error on my Vista x64 box and came across a post that provided ended up providing the resolution. Link to information about MSI script-based custom action error codes 2738 and 2739 On my system I went to the C:\Windows\SysWOW64 directory and re-registered vbscript.dll and jscript.dll. Once I did this my WIX project built and I no longer received the 4 ICE offenses (ICE08, ICE09, ICE32 and ICE61). Technorati Tags: WIX,Windows Installer ...
SharePoint Installation in Windows 7 or Vista is not same as Windows Server 2008. You might have difficulties if you do not follow the proper steps. Here i have been tried to explain how to install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 or Vista and configure it. Assume, Installed OS Windows 7 x64 (as you may already know SP only support 64-bit OS) and Windows update Install SQL Server 2008 Install SharePoint 2010 You can install SharePoint using the following steps A. Install software prerequisites 1. Install ...
Even though I'm running Windows 7, I still need to fire up Visual Basic 6 every once in a while to maintain my employer's ancient apps. The steps below were put together from a few posts on different sites; mostly for Vista, but so far everything has been running smoothly on 7 for me. Create a 0-byte file in the C:\Windows directory called msjava.dll. Don't just install via the Autorun executable; instead browse the Visual Studio 6 CD (or folder), right-click Setup.exe and select Run As Administrator. ...
Sample download In Part 1 and Part 2 of the series, we gave an introduction of writing Windows Shell extension in .NET Framework 4, and demonstrated a "skeleton" Context Menu Handler, and a "skeleton" Infotip Handler. - Context Menu Handler - Infotip Handler You are looking at the third part of the series. It introduces writing Windows Shell Thumbnail Handler with .NET Framework 4. CSShellExtThumbnailHandler: Shell thumbnail handler (C#) VBShellExtThumbnailHandler: Shell thumbnail handler (VB.NET) ...
The code samples in Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework are updated on 2010-10-10. Download address: http://1code.codeplex.com/r... If it’s the first time that you hear about Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework, please watch the introduction video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watc... or read the introduction on our homepage http://1code.codeplex.com/, and this Port25 article http://port25.technet.com/a... ...
[Update 2010-11-03] This is really strange as I can restore the Vista Home Premium onto that machine and it works. Also, I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate and it works fine, too. The curiosity will probably prompt me to try installing it again, but downloading the images from TechNet is taking me 3 days so far. ;) Thanks, AreyouSerious, I'll try your suggestion, too. [Original Post] I'm hitting a really strange Vista Ultimate install issue. After the installation, the Windows Update cannot find ...
So, I recently put up a post on using the MMMPack tool to help package old VB6 projects so that they work in Vista and Windows 7. I am a real fan of this tool because it saves me a ton of time.\ Recently though I needed to re-setup my machine to get the whole thing working properly and came across a few little gremlins that come with beta products. So I downloaded the latest MMMPack from their website and when using the tool on my project I got the following error. “Application has failed to start ...
In my last post, I introduced TouchToolkit – a toolkit for developing touch-enabled applications. This is the first of a multi-part post where I will explain how TouchToolkit can help simplify the development process of multi-touch applications in Silverlight or WPF 4.0. While we can use the recorded touch interactions (I will explain the recorder module in another post), its better to have a touch-enabled device (e.g. Dell XT2) or an emulator (e.g. MultiTouchVista) to test the application. First, ...
I think it is always a good idea to keep on top of any changes to the products you are using and this includes knowing what hotfixes have been released since the latest service pack. To this end I've produced a table of the hotfixes available for MSMQ. Hotfixes are cumulative so you only need to install the hotfix with the highest version number. Of course, ONLY install the hotfixes that resolve problems you are seeing or expect to see. Windows 7 Version Date Hotfix 6.1.7600.20716 21-May-2010 2028997 ...
I've spent time the last few month checking out much of the latest in code generation tools. Again one of the most complete and comprehensive is Iron Speed Designer - now in version 7.1. I had the good fortune to talk for about a half hour with Alan Fisher of Iron Speed and I will be adding content here in the next weeks. Hopefully I can also present some examples. Here's the lastest from their press release. For Immediate Release Iron Speed,Inc. Sephorah Green 408.228.3429 sgreen@ironspeed.com http://www.ironspeed.com ...
Here is a collection of approaches I've pulled together from my archives for telling if MSMQ is installed without being able to physically go and bring up Computer Management to check yourself. Please feel free to let me know if you have developed any of your own tricks to do this. Points 5.12 and 5.13 are from the MSMQ FAQ: 5.12 Is there a programmatic way to know if Message Queuing is installed on a computer? Yes. Try to load Mqrt.dll (using the LoadLibrary API). · For MSMQ 1.0 and 2.0, the DLL ...