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Microsoft Windows SDK, Platform SDK, and .NET Framework SDK are software development kits from Microsoft that contain header files, libraries, samples, documentation and tools required to develop applications for Microsoft Windows and .NET Framework.

It is usually installed on C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows

these are the versions of SDK


Windows Server 2003 SP1 Platform SDK 5.2.3790.1830.15
Windows Server 2003 R2 PSDK 5.2.3790.2075.51

Windows Vista Update & .NET 3.0 SDK v6.0
Included in Visual Studio 2008[5] v6.0a
Windows Server 2008 & .NET 3.5 SDK v6.1
Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP 1 v7.0
Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4 v7.1

for example if you use WCFclient in Visualstudio 2008 then it will call svcutil.exe from SDK 6 but if you call it in VS 2010 then it will call svcutil.exe in SDK 7.

if in the command prompt of Visual studio type "where svcutil.exe" then you can see which SDK is called.

the default SDK in in registery in this path :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SDKs\Windows

if you install VS 2010 then SDK 7 will automatically will install on your machine.

you can install SDK 7 from here

lease note if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows and Visual Studio 2008, please upgrade to Visual Studio 2008 SP1 before installing the Windows 7 SDK.
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Response to ... Windows SDK 7
Puttakota SHRAVAN KUMAR said... August 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

hi,
i am using vs 2010 with sdk 7.0
but the problem is i am unable access files from the sdk7.0 is there anything i need to add.

please give me suggestion.

thank u.