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Windows Home Server Software Development Kit (SDK) adds Japanese Language Support

August 22nd, 2009 No comments

The momentum behind Windows Home Server add-ins continues to grow!  The Windows Home Server team is very pleased to announce the availability of the Japanese Software Development Kit (SDK).  The SDK provides developers with guidance, for example application programming interface (API) information, on how to create programs that integrate with the Windows Home Server Console. 

Japanese developers now have access to the localized version of the SDK on the Windows Home Server section of the MSDN website.


Coinciding with the release of the Japanese SDK, the Windows Home Server Japanese Evaluation software is now available for download

For users who have not stayed abreast of the Windows Home Server add-ins community, you may want to visit Terry Walsh’s site  You’ll find a pretty comprehensive list of Windows Home Server add-ins, reviews of the latest add-ins, as well as a list of user-ranked top add-ins. 


– Steven

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Windows Home Server – Windows 7 Release Candidate testers asked to revert to Windows Vista prior to upgrade

May 6th, 2009 No comments

Yesterday marked the availability of the Windows 7 Release Candidate.  On the Engineering Windows 7 Blog and Windows 7 Team Blog there were recent posts regarding this milestone.

“We want to encourage you to revert to a Vista image and upgrade or to do a clean install, rather than upgrade the existing Beta.  We know that means reinstalling, recustomizing, reconfiguring, and so on.”

In a prior post on the Windows Home Server Team Blog, Windows 7 and Windows Home Server, we recommended, “…before you update a PC to Windows 7, you should install the Connector software and backup your machine to your home server, so you have an image-based backup that you can return to for testing the upgrade scenario with future builds of Windows 7.”

The restore task is as simple as dropping the Home Computer Restore CD in the computer and walking through the wizard.  For detailed instructions, see the Restore home computer step by step.

Win7 backup

For Windows 7 testers (and anyone else who is interested), we have made it even easier for users to try Windows Home Server!  An evaluation version is available for download, as well as a kit that can be ordered for the cost of shipping and handling at  Windows Home Server is also available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

[Editors Note:  Since the original post, I came across a terrific example by Keith Elder titled, “Ready to Run Windows 7 RC? Upgrade Advisor and Home Server Help”  Check it out!]

– Steven