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The Windows SDK contains pre-release documentation, samples, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications and libraries using both Win32® and .NET Framework 3.0 technologies targeting Windows Vista.
Release notes for Windows SDK for Vista
Supported Operating System
- The .NET Framework 3.0 components of the SDK are designed to work on the July CTP release of Windows Vista, on Windows XP SP2
or Windows Server SP1 with the .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components JulyCTP
installed. If you do not have the .NET Framework 3.0 components installed, some samples, tools
and other SDK functionality may not work properly.
- Hard Disk Space. Choose a disk drive with a minimum of 1.5 GB of free space.
- We highly recommend you have your machine fully patched through Microsoft Update before beginning setup.
For this release, the Windows SDK is available as either a full DVD ISO image that enables you to run setup on a local machine or as a Web Download
that enables you to launch setup over the web and download only the components you select during setup.
NOTE: Please be aware that the Windows SDK is approximately 1.5 GB, which will take considerable time to download depending on your connection speed. One way to to improve the download time is by running the web setup and selecting only the individual components you need.
- For best results, first consult the Readme file available for download
below. If you need additional information or asssistance with installing or using the Windows SDK, please vist the Windows SDK Forum or the Windows SDK team blog.
- To download the full ISO image containing bits for all platforms, choose
6.0.5383.1.1.WindowsSDK_Vista_idw.DVD.Rel.img below. After downloading the IMG file, rename it to .ISO before mounting it.
Due to the large size of the ISO file, we highly recommend you use a download manager tool to manage the ISO download.
To install the Windows SDK using the ISO file:
- Accessing the ISO File - An ISO image file is an exact representation of
a DVD, including the content and the logical format. The most common use of
an image file is to write it to a blank DVD-R resulting in an identical copy
of the original DVD including file name and volume label information. ISO
Images can also be extracted directly to a file location by many DVD-R
utilities, including the tool below.
- Mounting ISO files virtually - You can use the
Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP
tool to mount the ISO image file virtually as CD-ROM devices without burning
the image to a DVD. This tool is provided here for your convenience, and is unsupported by Microsoft Customer Services and Support.