One of the greatest features that was added to Windows 7 was the Troubleshooting Packs.   Components that can be built and customized to aid in local and remote troubleshooting of issues within the O/S and applications (Including 3rd party solutions!)

Even cooler than that was when I heard Powershell was involved in it!

So quickly I dived online to find out from Technet on how to build one.  After all, in my head, “It’s just a Powershell script”

…. and then my mouth opened up and hit the ground with a thud when I glanced at this article on MSDN on how to create one.   It seemed unbelievably difficult to impossible to create!

But with all problems you take it one step at a time.   To solve this problem I was going to need some goodies

  • Windows 7 SDK
  • Visual Studio 2010 Express (C#)
  • Powershell
  • Time

Well time I had and Powershell is built into Windows 7.  So therefore I was halfway there.

Visual Studio 2010 Express is a free download from Microsoft so THAT part wasn’t so bad.  I quickly began that while I looked into the beast.  The Windows 7 SDK comes in two forms.   A customizable Web Download allowing you to download only what you need or if you want to be a big badass developer guy, you CAN download it as a Single ISO file to burn and share with your other Developer friends. 🙂

Personally I just want ENOUGH to make the Troubleshooting pack.   Development is cool but it’s not my Forte, so I just want the piece of the SDK that’s needed for Troubleshooting packs.   Sure my hard drive could hold the whole thing, but I like to keep things simple whenever possible.

When I return, we’ll see just what bits ARE required from the Windows 7 SDK and we’ll start down the path of actually building a Troubleshooting Pack.   For you ITPros out there, remember I’m not a Dev either.  So we’ll see just how difficulty this really isn’t. 

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