I had actually given up all hopes to be able to install the Surface SDK on Windows 7. Yesterday I tried to consult two of the sharpest wiz-kids at Connecta and made some progress but after a while it was a dead end. I actually had thrown in the towel and decided to go for a dual boot. So I started the disk manager and shrunk the disk to create a new partition with 20 GB to host Windows Vista. Installed Vista on the new partition and then it was too late in the evening to continue.
And then, this night, at 00:25 there was a reply from Kurt Brockett at Blendables.com on a post that I made to their forum!
As I already had assumed the only problem with the failed installation is the OS-check at the beginning. A colleague of mine tried to install the SDK on Windows XP and found out that there is a property missing on advapi32.dll that is one of the core dll’s in Windows. This property is of course present in the Vista version and I assume that it’s also there in the Windows 7 version. So if there was only a way to get around the OS-check…
What Kurt told me in the post was that there is a way to edit msi-packages with a simple vb-script!
So to be able to install the Surface SDK on Windows 7 just download the script and place it in the same directory as SurfaceSDKWE.msi. Then drag the msi-file and drop it on the removechk.vbs. This will remove the OS-check and the installation of the SDK will work perfectly!
Now I have started the Surface Simulator and tried the samples and everything works great on Windows 7! Love it!
The thread on Blendables.
Link to the vbs-file to remove the check.
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