Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How to avoid auto checkout in VS 2005

From Tools->Options->Source Control (if its not shown, then check "show all settings" at the bottom of the page).  Then change "On Edit:" to "Prompt for check out"

Can't find Source Control unter Tools->Options in VS 2005

Apparently there is a Source Control option under Tools->Options in VS 2005 and I couldn't find it.  The soution appears to be the check box at the bottom of the Options dialog - "Show all settings".  If you check this then all the options will apear.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How to copy files between your local computer and one connected through Remote Desktop

You can't drag and drop files, but you can copy and past files and folders.

From Microsoft (

To view the disk drives and files for the redirected disk drive.  From your local machine.
1. Click Start, point to All Programs (or Programs), point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.  Or if you don't see the option, click Start->Run-> and type in mstsc.exe and hit enter.
2. Click Options, and then click the Local Resources tab.
3. Click Disk Drives, and then click Connect.  Or, click the More button and then check the Drives checkbox.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How to tell if you can run Windows Vista 64 bit

This is from the link below:
Confirm that your PC is capable of running 64-bit software.
1.Open the "System Properties" window
 a.If your Start menu is configured for Classic Start menu, right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, and click Properties.
 b.If your Start menu is the Windows default Start menu, click the Start button, then right-click the My Computer icon in your Start menu, and click Properties.
2.Click the Advanced tab.
3.Click Environment Variables.
4.In the "System variables" list at the bottom of the Environment Variables window, look for a variable called "PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE". If your PC has a 32-bit processor, this variable will have a value of "x86". If it has a 64-bit processor this variable will have a value of "x64".

Problems on Vista 64 bit operating systems

I have an application that has some COM references and it gives problems on Windows Vista 64 bit.  Apparently the solution is to build the application to specifically target x86 machines rather than "Any CPU" and when your application will run on a 64 bit operating system, it will run as a 32 bit WoW.  More information on
This is from the link below, but this is how you do it:
   1.Click on Tools...Options
   2.Select Projects and Solutions
   3.Check the Show advanced build configurations option and click the OK button
To compile for x86:
   1.Click on Build...Configuration Manager
   2.Click on the Platform dropdown for your project in the list and select <New...>
   3.In the Project Platform dialog select x86 from the new Platform dropdown and click OK
The message board item where I got the above information is below

What is WoW mean

WoW in the context of 32-bit WoW means Windows on Windows.  It basically means a emulating a type of windows on another windows platform.
More information can be found here: