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Windows Server 2008 R2 – NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter – Crazy Driver Error – Code 19

February 26, 2011 All, General, Windows, Windows 2008 R2 7 comments

Few months back in a heavy lightning my motherboard(MSI K9A2-Platinum v2) got fried a bit. My onboard network card and few USB ports of the mother board got affected because of it. Remaining everything working smoothly. So I do not have any other option other than start using a Wireless-N300 USB adaptor. I opted for NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter, which I got through an discount offer. So far everything was working fine.

I couldn’t opt for buying a new motherboard for now, because already I spend lots of bucks on my laptop(which got stolen recently) and my dream pc(Phenom-Hexacore) and my pocket is empty for now. So I decided to adjust with what I have for a while.

I decided to install dual boot to “Windows Server 2008 – R2 with SP1″, for trying out Visual Studio 2010 – ALM  & Lab Environment. Installation went successfully and I installed the drivers for my “NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter“. After installation of driver strange error message started to appear. At first I couldn’t understand why the device is not working on “Windows Server 2008 – R2 with SP1” and at the same time it’s working perfectly on “Windows 7 with SP1“.

I went to device manager and look for my NetGear WN111 Wireless-N300 USB adapter, I notied an yellow ! against the device. That means there is some error with device . When I look at the properties it says:

Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)

I spend on uninstalling and installing device again and again.

Atlast I found the solution! It was something very simple that I really should’ve thought of. The Windows Server 2008 doesn’t have the Wireless LAN Service running by default! Since I have not used Windows Server 2008 for some time, I forgot to check whether “Wireless LAN Service” is running or not. Anyway my I got the solution.
Here’s what we must do:

Start -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager -> Features -> Add Features -> Wireless LAN Service

It works perfectly now! πŸ™‚ Some times solution is simple, but it takes long time to realize the solution.. πŸ™‚

My Experiment with Windows Phone 7

February 20, 2011 .NET, All, Announcements, General, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone No comments

My Experiment with Windows Phone 7

Note: This article is a modified copy of a mail I passed to my team and removed all references to our work from the content. Since this is for information purpose only, I thought it would be helpful for the Developer Community out there.

Recently few week back, I got a chance to take  a glance at Windows Phone 7  – Device that has been acquired for my organization team recently.

I was doing some testing with Windows Phone 7 device.  I love the snappier and smoothness of the device and the UI. The device is a HTC Surround – Windows Phone 7 device with 16GB, Dolby Digital Surround sound speakers.

Let’s Start with Experiment

I initially decided to know how we can install an Application from Windows Phone 7 – Market Place.

For installing  app from the Windows 7 – Market Place we would need Zune Software installed on your PC/Laptop.

Both “Zune Software” and Windows Phone 7 needs a “Windows Live ID” to get access to Market place.

Steps to follow

1.) Install “Zune Software” on your PC

2.) Connect your Windows Phone 7 to PC through USB. Zune will detect your phone.

3.) Login/Register to Windows Live ID using Zune. Fill in the details specify a Unique name for your self to display in Zune.

4.) Login to your Windows Phone 7 using the same Windows Live ID credentials.

5.) Open “Zune Software” again. Browse through the marketplace on the Zune. Search for “APP_NAME_HERE”, you can find it available FREE in market. Try to download it.

It will prompt you to disconnect and reconnect your windows phone 7 device again.

This is necessary since Zune will check whether you have logged in using “Windows Live ID” in Windows Phone 7 device as well. This check happens when we each time connects the device to the PC.

6.) Reconnect your Windows Phone 7 – Device.

7.) Try to download the ” APP_NAME_HERE ” app again, it will show a message that soon application will be downloaded and installed to your device.

8.) After few mins it appeared in the “Windows Phone 7 – Device” menu.

Developing & Deploying a Windows Phone 7 App

As part of understanding the Windows Phone 7 concepts we developed a PoC(Proof Of Concept) application “<APPNAME-IS-SECRET-COULD-BE-REVEALED>”. For now let’s call the application name as “X6”.

I tried to deploy a debug build of “X6” to the Windows Phone 7, and it prompt me with a warning that device is not “Developer Unlocked“. Only Developer unlocked devices can be used to develop and deply Windows Phone 7 Applications.

To get Developer Unlock the device, we would need an account with “AppHub” – Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 – Developer portal.

Getting  an Annual Membership(Developer Account) with “AppHub“, requires us pay an yearly Subscription FEE of around 99$ (4630/- RUPEES in INDIA). Unfortunately lack of enough balance in my budget, I opt out of registering πŸ™‚ :-).  I wanted to get registered and try out some apps etc. But I felt it would be good if Microsoft introduce some favorable annual subscription rates for individual developers like me, I develop for passion I have on the Technology, to get some insight in to that Technology. Any way after some time when I have enough balance I would add it up

After getting a developer account with “AppHub” we can “developer unlock” the Windows Phone 7 device(note that “network unlocking” or “sim unlocking” is different,  I am not talking about it here). I am talking about unlocking the device to allow to deploy and test with manual developer builds( without the need of publishing the application to Windows Phone 7 – Market Place).

The First Experience :

The device is HTC Surround – HTC T8788, 16GB Internal memory, Dolby Digital Surround sound speakers.

Pros :

  • The touch UI pretty awesome, flawless sensitivity. Multi-touch pinch to zoom is good in viewing pictures etc.
  • Well-built snappier UI, nice color combinations plus clarity of the HTC LED screen is made the device awesome.
  • Microsoft Office Mobile version looks cool with windows Phone 7 panorama view.
  • Panorama view is really good for the phone, if you have lots of information to be displayed in a single view.

Limitations :

  • No multi-tasking support. ( coming soon on March 2011 as a major update )
  • No memory card support. ( this is the case for most of the windows phone 7 devices available  in the market, because there were few issues for Microsoft fix with external memory card support)

What is AppHub ?

App Hub: is the website created just for Windows Phone and Xbox LIVE Indie Games developers that provides free tools, sample code, community support, and educational resources to help you develop your apps and games for Windows Phone and Xbox 360.

App Hub Annual Subscription : For a $99 USD(4630/- INR) annual subscription, you can submit your apps and games to App Hub for sale or free download in the Windows Phone Marketplace or Xbox LIVE Marketplace. We provide you with a personalized dashboard to manage merchandising, track downloads, and keep track of how much you’re earning.

Below are the 3 types of accounts available in “AppHub”

  1. Company
  2. Individual

  3. Student

Hope the features of different accounts are self-explanatory to you from the account name itself.

** Each developer account can be used to unlock or use against 3-4 Windows Phone 7 devices.

** Developer Account – Subscription tenure is “Yearly”

Hope this information would be useful any way. Please correct me if any missing points are there.

AppHub Url: http://create.msdn.com/en-US/

AppHub How it Works : http://create.msdn.com/en-US/home/about/how_it_works

Windows Phone 7 – Market Place : http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx

Windows Phone 7 – Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2010 : Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW

Additional Developer Resource Links

Recent Updates to Windows Phone 7

January 2011 Update to the Windows Phone Developer Tools providing bug fixes, a new emulator, and utilities. This update is composed of two installation files and includes the contents of the deprecated October 2010 Update.

Scheduled March 2011 Update to the Windows Phone 7 – OS – include Multi-tasking, IE9, Twitter integration and Office document sharing on Windows Like SkyDrive.

Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate now available

February 7, 2011 All, General, Home Server, Microsoft, Windows No comments

Microsoft announced the availability of the Release Candidate for Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 (formerly Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail”). Affordable and easy-to-use, Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 (WHS) is the ideal solution to help families keep their important digital files and PC’s automatically backed up, organized, and accessible.

Released: Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Update & Other Updates

February 5, 2011 .NET, .NET Framework, ADO.NET, All, C#.NET, General, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone SDK 1 comment

There are few updates from Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools Update, Windows Azure, & Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for Developers – RTM Refresh. Check it out.

Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update

January 2011 Update to the Windows Phone Developer Tools providing bug fixes, a new emulator, and utilities. This update is composed of two installation files and includes the contents of the deprecated October 2010 Update.
HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK w/ SP1

The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 SDK was designed to provide the tools and content necessary to write parallel applications for the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 platform. The zip files are subject to the license terms for the SDK.
Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for Developers – RTM Refresh

This Windows Phone 7 Training Kit for developers will give you a jumpstart into the new Windows Phone world by providing you with a step-by-step explanation of the tools to use and some key concepts for programming Windows Phones.
Windows Azure Tools and SDK 1.3

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio, which includes the Windows Azure SDK, extends Visual Studio 2010 to enable the creation, configuration, building, debugging, running, packaging and deployment of scalable web applications and services on Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
Web Camps Training Kit

Janaury 2011 release of the Web Camps Training Kit

Thanks to Microsoft Download Center

Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs to Search Contents for Windows 7

October 8, 2010 All, Microsoft, Office, Office 2010, Windows 7 1 comment

Microsoft Filter Packs is a single point-of-distribution for Office IFilters. IFilters are components that allow search services to index content of specific file types, allowing user to search for content (i.e. text within the document) in those files. In other words, Office 2010 Filter Packs enhance the default search capabilities of Microsoft Search Services in SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange Server and Windows Search used in Windows server or client platforms such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

By installing Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs, the following IFilters will be installed, and system will have additional capability to search for content in the file types or extensions listed below:

* Legacy Office Filter (version 97-2003; .doc, .ppt, .xls)
* Metro Office Filter (version 2007 and 2010; .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb)
* Zip Filter (.zip)
* OneNote filter (.one)
* Visio Filter (.vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, .vtx)
* Publisher Filter
* Open Document Format Filter

Windows Search Services was previously known as Windows Indexing Services. The filter packs support Windows 7; Windows Server 2003 SP2; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Server 2008 SP2; Windows Vista SP1 ;Windows XP SP2; and Windows XP SP3. As it’s a filter, the Microsoft Filter Pack requires the Microsoft Search Service.

Download Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Packs from Microsoft Download Center or by using the following direct download links:

32-bit (x86): FilterPack32bit.exe
64-bit (x64):
FilterPack64bit.exe

source: mydigitallife.info

Released: Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW

September 18, 2010 .NET, All, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, VisualStudio, VS2010, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Phone SDK No comments

The powerful and easy to use Visual Studio integrated developer environment (IDE) handles developing Windows Phone 7 phone applications.

The Windows Phone Developer Tools includes the following

  • Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
  • Windows Phone Emulator Resources
  • Silverlight 4 Tools For Visual Studio
  • XNA Game Studio 4.0
  • Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows Phone

Download Windows Phone Developer Tools RTW (Microsoft Download Center)