Windows SDK 7 in visual studio 2017 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I installed Windows SDK 7 successfully but it doesn't show up in visual studio 2017 I only see 8.1 & 10.

    Any hint ?

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 1:12 PM

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  • Hi Marc,

    Please look into below article:

    Windows 7 SDK Setup: common installation issues and fixes

    Sabah Shariq

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    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:06 PM
  • Hi,


    How to: Modify the Target Framework and Platform Toolset (there is a note regarding WinSDK 7 on VS 2015)

    and then:

    Stuck on an older toolset version? Move to Visual Studio 2017 without upgrading your toolset

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    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:17 PM
  • Hi Marc S._,

    Welcome to the MSDN forum.

    Refer to your description, please have a look at this reply that provided by Carlos. You can create a project with the default project template. After that, right click the project name under Solution Explorer and go to Configuration Properties-General, modify the 'Platform Toolset' to Windows7.1SDK, since you already installed the Windows SDK 7. Please have a look at the following note:

    ##To change the target platform toolset, you must have the associated version of Visual Studio or the Windows Platform SDK installed. For example, to target the Itanium platform with the Windows7.1SDK platform toolset, you must have Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 SP1 installed

    If the above not works, you can also modify the platform toolset to Visual Studio 2010 (v100), which has the same compiler like Windows SDK 7, if you have the VS 2010 and VS 2017 on the same computer, it is available like the following screenshot:

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    Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:35 AM
  • USELESS thanks for nothing. Doesn't even go there.
    Monday, July 2, 2018 8:40 PM
  • The version of the Windows SDK doesn't indicate that this is the only version of Windows the application will run on for Windows desktop applications. The last test application that I was playing with was built using the Windows 10 SDK:

    but if you check things like the executable header:

    C:\Users\Darran\source\repos\meh2\x64\Debug>dumpbin /headers meh2.exe
    Microsoft (R) COFF/PE Dumper Version 14.14.26431.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

    Dump of file meh2.exe
    PE signature found
                 20B magic # (PE32+)
               14.14 linker version
                7600 size of code
                6E00 size of initialized data
                   0 size of uninitialized data
               1110E entry point (000000014001110E) @ILT+265(mainCRTStartup)
                1000 base of code
           140000000 image base (0000000140000000 to 0000000140022FFF)
                1000 section alignment
                 200 file alignment
                6.00 operating system version <- 6.0 means vista
                0.00 image version
                6.00 subsystem version <- 6.0 means vista
                   0 Win32 version
               23000 size of image
                 400 size of headers
                   0 checksum
                   3 subsystem (Windows CUI)
                8160 DLL characteristics
                       High Entropy Virtual Addresses
                       Dynamic base
                       NX compatible
                       Terminal Server Aware
              100000 size of stack reserve
                1000 size of stack commit
              100000 size of heap reserve
                1000 size of heap commit
                   0 loader flags
                  10 number of directories

    or the imports:

    C:\Users\Darran\source\repos\meh2\x64\Debug>dumpbin /imports meh2.exe
    Microsoft (R) COFF/PE Dumper Version 14.14.26431.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

    Dump of file meh2.exe
      Section contains the following imports:
                 14001F150 Import Address Table
                 14001F518 Import Name Table
                         0 time date stamp
                         0 Index of first forwarder reference
                 14001F1E0 Import Address Table
                 14001F5A8 Import Name Table
                         0 time date stamp
                         0 Index of first forwarder reference
                 14001F000 Import Address Table
                 14001F3C8 Import Name Table
                         0 time date stamp
                         0 Index of first forwarder reference
                             3EB MultiByteToWideChar <- 2000
                             21C GetCurrentProcessId <- xp
                             220 GetCurrentThreadId <- xp
                             2EC GetSystemTimeAsFileTime <- 2000
                             367 InitializeSListHead <- xp
                             4CB RtlCaptureContext <- xp
                             592 TerminateProcess <- xp
                             21B GetCurrentProcess <- xp
                             2B1 GetProcAddress <- xp
                             1AF FreeLibrary <- xp
                             5D5 VirtualQuery <- xp
                             2B7 GetProcessHeap <- xp
                             34E HeapFree <- xp
                             34A HeapAlloc <- xp
                             263 GetLastError <- xp
                             605 WideCharToMultiByte <- 2000
                             449 QueryPerformanceCounter <- 2000
                             45F RaiseException <- xp
                             27A GetModuleHandleW <- xp
                             384 IsProcessorFeaturePresent <- 2000
                             2D3 GetStartupInfoW <- xp
                             573 SetUnhandledExceptionFilter <- xp
                             5B4 UnhandledExceptionFilter <- xp
                             37D IsDebuggerPresent <- xp
                             4D9 RtlVirtualUnwind <- none (xp)
                             4D2 RtlLookupFunctionEntry <- none (xp)

    then you will find that by default, this allows you to run on Windows Vista. The Windows versions given are the documented minimum versions, not the first versions of Windows that they appeared in. For the last two, there are no documented versions, but x64 support was added to Windows with Windows XP.

    So the Windows SDK doesn't do anything by default to change the version of Windows you target for a desktop application. The thing which does this is the functions that you use. If you want to guarantee that you will never you can do something like:

    #include <sdkddkver.h>
    #undef _WIN32_WINNT
    #undef NTDDI_VERSION
    #define _WIN32_WINNT _WIN32_WINNT_WIN7
    //includes here

    to force the Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 SDK headers to only declare functions that are available in Windows 7. This must be the first thing in a source file, if you are using precompiled headers, then this must be the first thing in the precompiled header.

    As long as you don't use any functions that are not available in Windows 7, then this will work.

    This is a signature. Any samples given are not meant to have error checking or show best practices. They are meant to just illustrate a point. I may also give inefficient code or introduce some problems to discourage copy/paste coding. This is because the major point of my posts is to aid in the learning process.

    Thursday, July 5, 2018 10:00 AM