The Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 provides the documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools (including C++ compilers) that you need to develop applications to run on Windows 7 and the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. To build and run .NET Framework applications, you must have the corresponding version of the .NET Framework installed. This SDK is compatible with Visual Studio® 2008, including Visual Studio Express Editions, which are available free of charge.
This release of the Windows SDK does not include a .NET Framework Redistributable Package. Windows 7 includes .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include .NET Framework 3.0.
Users running Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP must install the .NET Framework 3.0 or 3.5 SP1 to run and develop .NET Framework applications. Some samples and tools included in the Windows SDK also require you to install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.
Along with content that ships in the Windows SDK, Microsoft offers additional free developer tools and resources that you might find helpful, including:
- LUA Buglight™ is a tool to help both developers and IT professionals (sysadmins) identify the specific causes of admin-permissions issues (LUA bugs) in desktop applications running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista. Once the specific causes have been identified, the bugs can more easily be resolved by fixing the app’s source code, or by making configuration changes, allowing the app to work correctly for non-admin users.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is the latest update of the .NET Framework, and contains many new features that are compatible with both .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.0. The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 includes several fixes for .NET Framework 2.0 3.0, and 3.5.
- Microsoft DirectX SDK Developer Center provides links to the resources needed to build cutting-edge, media-rich, interactive applications. It includes runtimes, headers and libraries, samples, documentation, utilities, and support for C++ development.
- Microsoft Visual Studio Express is a set of free, lightweight and easy-to-use tools for the hobbyist, novice, and student developer.
- Microsoft Windows PowerShell™ command-line shell and scripting language helps IT Professionals achieve greater productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 130 standard command-line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell allows IT professionals to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation. More information on Windows PowerShell is available from the PowerShell Team Blog and the Windows PowerShell Technology Center.
- Windows Developer Center is the official site about development for Windows Client platforms, including Windows 7 and earlier operating systems. The Developer Center includes links to the Windows 7 Developer Guide and many other resources.
- Windows SDK Developer Center is the official site about development using the Windows SDK and provides information about the SDKs and links to the Windows SDK Blog, Forum, online release notes and other resources.
- The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) enables IT professionals, software developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) who work in a corporate environment to determine, before deployment within the organization, whether their applications are compatible with a new version of the Windows® operating system. ACT also enables such individuals to determine what impact the periodically published Windows Updates will have on their applications. ACT users can then use testing and mitigation tools contained in the toolkit to fix many of these compatibility issues.
- The Microsoft .NET Compact Framework is a key part of realizing Microsoft’s goal to provide customers with great experiences any time, any place, and on any device. The .NET Compact Framework’s managed code and XML Web services enable.
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