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Platform Update for Windows Vista

Purpose

The Platform Update for Windows Vista and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 are end-user operating system updates that support the use of selected Windows 7 technologies on previous versions of the Windows operating system. The updates include a set of runtime libraries that enable application developers to target current releases, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as previous versions, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Developer Audience

The API supported by the Platform Update for Windows Vista and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 are designed for use by experienced C/C++ developers.

Recommended proficiencies:

  • COM programming
  • Windows API programming

Run-Time Requirements

For Windows Vista, end-users obtain the Platform Update for Windows Vista from Windows Update. For Windows Server 2008, end-users obtain the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 from Windows Update.

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TopicDescription

About Platform Update for Windows Vista

Provides an overview of Platform Update for Windows Vista and Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and their features.

Developing Applications for Previous Versions of Windows

Explains what to do to develop applications that run on previous versions of Windows and take advantage of the API that are supported with the Platform Update for Windows Vista and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008.

 

Additional Resources

Knowledge Base article about the Platform Update for Windows Vista (KB 971644)

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Build date: 11/11/2009

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