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Windows Vista has a variety of fault-protection systems that try to prevent a crashing application from taking down your entire computer. When Windows Vista detects that an application has crashed, it terminates it and generates an Appcrash ...
Article by R-Vijay | 22 Jan 2009 | 0 comments
When an administrator user logs on to a Windows Vista computer, two access tokens are created: a filtered standard user access token, and a full administrator access token. Instead of launching the desktop (Explorer.exe) with the ...
Article by R-Vijay | 21 Aug 2008 | 0 comments
Microsoft introduced the Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) in Vista. PCA replaces the Program Compatibility wizard in the Help and Support as well as in the Compatibility tab of an executable's file properties in Windows XP. PCA is designed to ...
Article by R-Vijay | 15 Nov 2007 | 1 comment
A shim, in the software world, is a thin piece of code we wedge between Windows and an application to solve compatibility problems. The following are some specific examples of Microsoft's ACT (Application Compatibility Toolkit) Shims and where they ...
Article by R-Vijay | 07 Nov 2007 | 0 comments
Session 0 isolation introduces a problem for Services that need to display UI to the user. Since the Service is now running in a different Session and Desktop, the UI would not be visible to the end user and hence the application would appear to hang. ...
Article by R-Vijay | 02 Nov 2007 | 2 comments
As an initiative to increase system stability, predictability and reliability, Windows Resource Protection (WRP) is designed to protect a Windows system in a read-only state. This will affect specific files, folders, and registry keys. Updates to ...
Article by R-Vijay | 18 Oct 2007 | 2 comments
"LUA" is an acronym that variously refers to "Limited User Account", "Least-privileged User Account". A "LUA bug," refers to an application or a feature of an application, that works correctly when ...
Article by R-Vijay | 17 Oct 2007 | 0 comments
Under User Account Control, Windows Vista restricts portions of the Windows file system and registry. UAC also restricts write operations during normal operation (i.e., standard user mode). For example, applications no longer have unlimited ...
Article by R-Vijay | 12 Oct 2007 | 13 comments
Here are few basic guidelines for designing applications for Windows Vista. This article is intended for a developer, however an application packager will also find this information useful. Do not assume the end user as an ...
Article by R-Vijay | 28 Sep 2007 | 0 comments
Here's a quick reference to help you navigate the User Account Control (UAC) mine field that was introduced in Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. If you're an application packager, you'll want to bookmark ...
Article by R-Vijay | 11 Sep 2007 | 3 comments