IE(Internet Explorer) 9.0 Final(RTW) Released – Version 9.0.8112.16421

March 15, 2011 All, General, IE, Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7 No comments

Microsoft has today released the final version of Internet Explorer(IE) 9.0.

The version number of the final build would be 9.0.8112.16421 (RTW – Release to Web).

New features that make its appearance in IE9 include:

  • Streamlined design with compact user interface.
  • Pinned Sites for accessing frequently visited web pages directly from the taskbar on Windows 7 desktop.
  • Download Manager with ability to pause and restart a download.
  • Enhanced tabs browsing with ability to tear-off tabs out of Internet Explorer to open the tab’s webpage in a new window, and snap tabs for side-by-side viewing.
  • New Tab page with listing of most often and frequently visited webpages.
  • Search in the address bar with search suggestions support.
  • Notification Bar appears at the bottom of Internet Explorer.
  • Add-on Performance Advisor
  • GPU hardware acceleration to speed up graphics-heavy tasks like video streaming or online gaming.
  • Tracking Protection to limit the browser’s communication with certain websites to help keep information private.
  • ActiveX Filtering.

People who is intending to install IE9 should take note the following items:

  • IE9 is not supported on Windows XP, and hence not available for Windows XP.

Download the IE 9 from Microsoft Download Center

Courtesy : My Digital Life & Microsoft Download Center

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK – Released (Available for Download)

March 13, 2011 .NET, All, General, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Visual Studio SDK, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windows No comments

Microsoft has released final version of Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK.

The Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK provides tools and templates for building Visual Studio extensions. By using the Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK, you can build your own tool windows, create menu commands, and add extensions to the new Visual Studio editor and other features.

Download Visual Studio 2010 SP1 SDK from Microsoft

Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 SP1

March 9, 2011 All, General, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7 No comments

With the release of Windows 7 SP1, Microsoft has updated and refreshed Windows Virtual PC to support Windows 7 SP1 as guest operating system. The refreshed version of Windows Virtual PC with version number of 6.1.7600.16393 supports the following Host and Guest Operating systems:

  • Host: Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.
  • Guest: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional, Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.

The new version of Windows Virtual PC can be downloaded from its official homepage or through Microsoft Download Center.

Windows Search 4.0 on Windows Server 2008 R2

March 2, 2011 All, General, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 2008 R2 3 comments


Today when I was trying to do search on my outlook mails, it showed me a notification that Windows Search is not enabled in your Windows, which will facilitates the Search for more of a Faster Search.

So I went to Windows Search 4.0 Home to download the Windows Search 4.0 for my Windows Server 2008 R2. I couldn’t find any supporting download version listed in Microsoft Download site. I was amused, but later I realized Windows Search is now part of Windows Server 2008 R2 features, I just have to turn it on from Server Manager -> Roles -> File Services -> Add Role Services you could see the Windows Search Service entry check the check box against the entry and click on Next which will  ask you through the few steps of configuration & voila!! Window Search in installed and enabled for you.




Hope this will be helpful for somebody. So tagging it in my blog.

Installing Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows Server 2008 or Windows XP

February 28, 2011 .NET, All, General, Microsoft, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windows, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows XP, XNA 3 comments

Installing Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows Server 2008 or Windows XP

Recently I have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 from Technet and started setting up my Development Environment from scratch. I wanted to use Windows Server 2008 R2 for a while for development provided how flexible it is for development as compared to Windows 7. I came across few of the limitation of installing certain Development Tools. The one development tool among is Windows Phone Developer Tools.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools are not officially supported on operating systems other than Windows Vista or Windows 7.

So how can we install Windows Phone Developer Tools on my Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows XP? Is not awesome if we can install Windows Phone Developer Tools in Windows XP or 2003, since most of the organizations are using Windows XP as their main development environment.

There is a simple trick to pass through OS Limitation in installing Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows XP/2003/2008 or 2008 R2 which I came through the blog here

Please note that this is not officially supported, so if you try these steps, you are doing so at your own risk.

1. Download the Windows Phone Developer Tools web bootstrapper and save it to your hard drive

2. Extract the contents of the setup package by running vm_web.exe /x and choosing a path to extract to

3. Go to the folder you extracted to in step 2 and open the file baseline.dat in notepad

4. Look for the section named [gencomp7788]

Note – you have to change this exact section – this is the one that controls the OS version blocking behavior in Windows Phone Developer Tools setup.

5. Now the change the values of the matching statements below(change from 1 to 0 – hi-lighted in bold).

InstallOnAMD64=0 ( turns of the check for AMD64 machines)




InstallOnLHS=0 ( turns of the check for Windows Server 2008)


InstallOnNetServer=0 ( turns of the check for Windows Server 2003)



InstallOnWinXP=0 ( turns of the check for Windows XP)


InstallOnWin7Server=0 ( turns of the check for Windows Server 2008 R2 )

6. Save and close baseline.dat

7. Run setup.exe /web from the folder you extracted to in step 2

Note: Incase if you are using Windows Phone Developer Tools – Offline Installer ISO (WPDT_RTM_en1.iso)

Just open your WPDT_RTM_en1.iso file using any ISO Tool like PowerISO or Daemon Tools, extract the baseline.dat from the ISO file and the repeat the above steps from 4 to 6.

Overwrite or Save the modified baseline.dat in to your copy of WPDT_RTM_en1.iso and go on installing the tools by clicking on “Setup.exe” from WPDT_RTM_en1.iso .

The installation went fine for me with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows XP(on my Hyper-V virtual machine).

Hope this article will help you with by passing OS check on Windows Server 2008/R2 and XP for Windows Phone Developer Tools.

PS: The work around is tested and working fine on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows XP – (yet to test – will update the result soon)

With help of Aaron Stebnor’s WebLog ,  Nithin Mohan reporting live from Hyderabad :-).. Cool is n’t it.

Here are few screen shots

Update: will not work on Wndows XP & Windows 2003, as the Windows Phone Developer Tools requires  DirectX 10 or 11 graphics system,..

sqlncli_x64.msi cannot be found while installing SQL Server 2005 64bit on Windows Server 2008 R2

February 27, 2011 All, General, KnowledgeBase, SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, Troubleshooting, Windows, Windows 2008 R2 4 comments

Recently while installing SQL Server 2005 64bit on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise 64bit an error message displays that “An installation package for the product Microsoft SQL Server Native Client cannot be found. Try the installation again using a valid copy of the installation package ‘sqlncli_x64.msi’.” as shown below.

After that, the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Setup Progress will display some errors with a status “Setup Failed. Refer to the Setup log for details”.


When trying to install the Microsoft SQL Server Native Client Setup by hand it displays a similar error message that the file ‘sqlcli_x64.msi’ cannot be found.  It’s unable to locate the sqlcli_x64.msi ( 64 bit version of SQL Server Native client). It’s puzzling, I am trying to install with 64 Bit version of SQL Server 2005 and it’s unable to locate the sqlcli_x64.msi, crazy thing is file is already available in installation folder and it’s showing me that error strange???.

After so much of trial I found solution for this problem is that someone started the installation with a wrong edition (32 vs. 64) edition and left the components there.

Go to Add/Remove Programs and remove the existing SQL 2005 components, and then reinstall.

Voila!!! It works fine.. It’s puzzling why the error comes up, but it is resolved after re-installation.