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Well, I’ve tested Foxit Reader for my first time (I got the tips from my colleague Andreas, thanks :-), and I must say it seems promising!  Its way faster than Adobes Acrobat reader and does the same thing, only in much lesser time. Check it out at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/. Btw, it’s free!

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The new Windows Virtual PC (successor of Virtual PC 2007 for Windows 7) was painfully slow on my laptop. As a big fan of VPCs I just had to get it running smoothly!

It was solved by editing the Options.xml in Windows VPC. Options.xml could be found under:

C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Virtual PC

The AppData is a system specific folder so it’s hidden by default, but you can still access it even if you do not see it (just enter the name)! Do as follows:

1. Shut down all opened VPCs.

2. Take a copy of the original file (always good to do so you can revert your changes easily).

3. Add the “enable idle thread” under the “virtual_machines” node, like:

<virtual_machines>
<enable_idle_thread type=”boolean”>true</enable_idle_thread>


</virtual_machines>

3. Start any VPC and it works just fine and smooth!

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I was not able to debug in VS Studio 2008 on a Windows 7, 64 bit edition. Apperently, VS Studio did not install remote debugger automatically (go figure),
an this error was solved by installing the remote debugger (rdbgsetup.exe) from the installation cd (under the remote debugger\x64 folder).
I have also encountered another problem when trying to use globalization/localization, I got the error when trying to build:
“Task failed because ‘AL.exe’ was not found, or the correct Microsoft Windows SDK is not installed. The task is looking for ‘AL.exe’ in the ‘bin’ subdirectory beneath the location specified in the InstallationFolder value of the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A. You may be able to solve the problem by doing one of the following: 1) Install the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. 2) Install Visual Studio 2008. 3) Manually set the above registry key to the correct location. 4) Pass the correct location into the ‘ToolPath’ parameter of the task.”
There are different two solutions for this, one is to edit the redistry (if al.exe is located somewhere on the computer or to install the “Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5”, found on http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/bb980924.aspx),
checkout this blog post:
I’ve installed the SDK, and afterwards everything worked even without restarting VS Studio.

I was not able to debug in VS Studio 2008 on a Windows 7, 64 bit edition. Apperently, VS Studio did not install remote debugger automatically (go figure), an this error was solved by installing the remote debugger (rdbgsetup.exe) from the installation cd (under the remote debugger\x64 folder).
I have also encountered another problem when trying to use globalization/localization, I got the error when trying to build:”Task failed because ‘AL.exe’ was not found, or the correct Microsoft Windows SDK is not installed. The task is looking for ‘AL.exe’ in the ‘bin’ subdirectory beneath the location specified in the InstallationFolder value of the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A. You may be able to solve the problem by doing one of the following: 1) Install the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. 2) Install Visual Studio 2008. 3) Manually set the above registry key to the correct location. 4) Pass the correct location into the ‘ToolPath’ parameter of the task.”
There are different two solutions for this, one is to edit the redistry (if al.exe is located somewhere on the computer or to install the “Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 and .Net Framework 3.5”, found on http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/bb980924.aspx), checkout this blog post:http://geekswithblogs.net/Ahmed_Hussein_blog/archive/2009/04/25/al.exe.aspx

I’ve installed the SDK, and afterwards everything worked even without restarting VS Studio.

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