I, like many before me, have downloaded the Windows SDK, installed it, and moved on to more pressing problems. Other than digging into header files, I had rarely looked at what else might be included. As the builder of the SDK, I now have a vested interest in what is delivered with the SDK, and I thought I'd share some of the interesting jewels I've found.
Installed by default to “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\[version number]\Bin\WiLogUtl.exe”, the Windows Installer Verbose Log Analyzer is a tool to assist in identifying most critical installer errors, and offer possible solutions to those errors. This tool is available in the standalone Windows SDKs and in the Windows SDK components that ship in Visual Studio 2008.
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