Visual Studio Setup

Installation and containerization of the Visual Studio family of products

Shell Extensions for .NET Assemblies, Version 1.3.1976

Today I released version 1.3.1976 of my Shell Extensions for .NET Assemblies. This version adds support for Windows Me and fixes a few bugs to provide column handlers and overlay icons for Windows Me, Windows 2000, and newer.Among the fixes was a crashing bug that occurred because of an access violation exception when sorting by the public key...

New Logo for CPX

The Developer Division Customer Product-lifecycle Experience team has a new logo thanks to his impromptu logo contest on Channel9. CPX voted for several logos over the last couple of weeks and the winner was chosen...

Unsupported Flag Really is Unsupported for NT4 Services

We are going through test passes on some new functionality for our patch build system and ran into a bug in a service I wrote to handle post-reboot commands without requiring an interactive login. The documentation for the SERVICE_STATUS structure for NT Services (a.k.a. Windows Services) states that the SERVICE_ACCEPT_STOP (0x40) is not ...

MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search Released

MSN has released the final version of their MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search, formerly known as the MSN Toolbar Suite with Desktop Search.Not a lot seems to have changed from a high level except for the user interface. The desktop band is smaller and the system tray (systray) icon has changed slightly, but build 02.01.0000.2214 ...

Windows Installer 3.1 Redux

Last night the Windows Installer 3.1 redistributable was uploaded back onto the Microsoft Download Center. Version 2 of the redistributable addresses the issue where Windows Installer 3.1 would fail when trying to silently update a file under Windows File Protection...

Windows Installer 3.1 Fails when Attempting to Update Protected Files

Windows File Protection is a feature that prevents critical files from being replaced by unauthorized programs. Currently, the only applications capable of updating WFP-protected files are the following: Windows Installer (MSI) is not among the list of authorized applications. Any package that attempts to replace a WFP-protected file will...

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