Windows 7 SDK, AIK, API Code Pack, Training Kit and Additional Docs
Article by George Norman
On 10 Aug 2009
The next iteration of the Windows-based operating system, mainly Windows 7, after reaching the RTM milestone in its development process a couple of weeks ago (approximately) and after being released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, is now followed by additional download offerings. Quite a few of them:

Windows 7 SDK (Software Development Toolkit) for Windows 7 and .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers
Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework version 1
Windows AIK (Automated Installation Kit) for Windows 7
Documents for Windows 7: release notes and miscellaneous changes


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Windows 7 SDK for Windows 7 and .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 has been released by Microsoft as an RTM version to accompany Windows 7 RTM, obviously. It is available in two flavors for all developers that want to come up with an app that will work with Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: ISO format (downloads the whole SDK) and Web Setup format (downloads only a specific subset of the SDK).

Alongside Windows 7 SDK for Windows 7 and .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Microsoft has also released an updated version of its Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers. The download offering is meant to help developers working on Windows 7 applications by presenting them with presentations, hands-on labs and demos.

Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.0, as Microsoft describes it “provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features (and some existing features of older versions of Windows operating system) from managed code. These Windows features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework.”

Windows AIK (Automated Installation Kit) is a set of tools and documentation to help you install, customize and deploy Windows 7 and Windows 7 2008 R2. “By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and migrate user profiles and data with the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Windows AIK also includes the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK),” explained Microsoft.

Last but not least, Microsoft has also made available for download the Windows 7 release notes, which present some of the most important problems that may affect most users. The Redmond-based software giant has also published a list of miscellaneous changes in Windows 7 that are worth taking a look at.

You can download Windows 7 SDK for Windows 7 and .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 directly from Microsoft – web setup here, the ISO here.
You can download Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers straight from Microsoft
here.
You can download Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit straight from Microsoft
here.
You can download Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.0
here.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows 7 SDK, Windows 7 Training Kit, Windows 7 Automated Installation Kit, Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework, SDK, AIK
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