MSDN April 2003 - the full deal, not just PlatformSDK. Lot's of technical articles and good stuff.
1.8GB in total, so not for dialup users :)

I don't think this is "bad content" as it's from and has been there for a while - if it's something like a "Ooops, a MSDN subscriber has leaked these URLs to the public", please delete this post - I heard that the files were linked from a public page though?
Posted on 2003-05-13 16:07:34 by f0dder
Thanks !
3 cds, damn ! :cool:

Since it comes from Microsoft, I think the link is legal... :)
And if it is not the case, they are crazy to let such files without login/pass protection...
Posted on 2003-05-13 16:12:49 by JCP
For the suspicious :

Look here and especially at the signature of Andy Boyd...
If the MSDN manager at MS does not say anything bad about this and even helps about it, I don't think it is illegal...
Posted on 2003-05-13 16:20:56 by JCP
It's actually legal, i just recently downloaded Windows 2003 .NET Beta from their sites.

Microsoft is apparently letting all users test their softwares, but the actual initial releases (to companies and such) are costy, and it would be deadly if those were leaked...

Correct me if i'm wrong.
Posted on 2003-05-13 17:15:00 by Drocon
Man 2 hours a file, gonna tie up my internet for a bit :)
Posted on 2003-05-13 19:06:39 by donkey
For those of us who subscribe... just arrived in the mail a few weeks ago and yesterday I received the VS.NET 2003 EA with the MSDN Library for VS.NET 2003 EA (which is really April 2003)...

It's not possible for a subscriber to "leak" a download because we must go through a login first and even then, we can only download a file 10 times before we can't download that file anymore.

That was an official MS download for some add reason. Usually they want $199 for the Library Subscription.

Posted on 2003-05-13 21:41:30 by _Shawn
Links don't work for me?

I'll keep trying! And Google didn't hurt, either. :)
Posted on 2003-05-13 21:51:55 by bitRAKE
You have to keep trying, they're overloaded and they give a 404 if there are too many users. It took 3 tries for file 3 and I still haven't gotten 2. (got all of 1 and 31% of 3)
Posted on 2003-05-13 21:58:18 by donkey
I think the MSDN CD set has always been "free". I remember a page at MS a couple years ago, where you could order it for something like $9.95, which is really just enough to cover the materials and S&H.

It's updated quarterly, and they gave you free copies for a year when you registered Visual Studio. I never ordered newer ones, since the same, current, stuff is at MSDN on-line anyway...

Posted on 2003-05-13 22:37:54 by S/390
While I'm waiting for the final file, does anybody know if this is in HTML help 1 or 2 format ? HTMLHelp 2 format won't work with Qweerdy's MSDNHelp addin for RadASM. Still good to have around but it would mean having to keep MSDN 6 around for actual coding as the F1 lookup is just too convienient.
Posted on 2003-05-13 23:24:12 by donkey
I don't see why they would get back to HtmlHelp 1 while they tend to use 2 everywhere... (didn't try yet, when I did leave home half a hour ago, the three images were downloaded up to 92%...)
That is lame, since there is no SDK...
I found a way to get the link to a page for a keyword though, trough reading some sort of index file. It worked fine, theoretically (didn't bothered to do implementation), but it is probably better to wait for the official MS SDK... if MS releases one someday...
Posted on 2003-05-14 01:04:12 by JCP
While I'm waiting for the final file, does anybody know if this is in HTML help 1 or 2 format ?
The About menu says it is using MS Document Explorer 7, if that means anything to you. If i manage to get it right, here is a screen shot (i have had it installed for a couple of weeks):

<edit Dammit, i give up. How do you insert inline images in this board anyway? </edit>
Posted on 2003-05-14 01:37:53 by sluggy
IIRC : Document Explorer = HtmlHelp 2
Posted on 2003-05-14 01:47:10 by JCP

I think the MSDN CD set has always been "free". I remember a page at MS a couple years ago, where you could order it for something like .95, which is really just enough to cover the materials and S&H.

Wasn't that just the PlatformSDK?
Or the DDK?
Posted on 2003-05-14 02:01:20 by f0dder
Yeah DExplore means HTMLHelp 2. Too bad, they have decided not to support 2 or release the SDK at all. They say they are going to develop a more"complete" solution so Help2 is gone except for VS.NET. That seriously pi**es me off. Completely useless unsupported help format that will never be developped anyway so it isn't even worth the time to figure out.

Well I lost a DL to an HTML Help crash (help 1 compiler) so I'm doing #2 again I was 87% done and finished 1&3 :mad:
Posted on 2003-05-14 03:02:23 by donkey
the big picture: MS wants to phase out regular API use :(

everything .NET in the future.
Posted on 2003-05-14 07:36:19 by Hiroshimator
How does one convert the .img to files for a CD?

Regards, P1
Posted on 2003-05-14 15:30:01 by Pone
I think the .img is just a regular .iso, which is just a raw sector dump of the CD (2048 byte sectors, I think).

Just burn it with nero or anything else that handles ISOs :). With nero, "file->burn image", and manually enter "*.*" (or *.img) in the open file box.
Posted on 2003-05-14 15:33:36 by f0dder
CDMage is a good tool for extracting your img file if your software can't handle them

Anybody else have block size problems with disk 3, I losta few files at the end of the image. They show up but are not accessible:

win9x.hxs 279 Kbytes
winhttp.hxs 427 Kbytes
winrog.hxs 276 Kbytes
wmdm.hxs 309 Kbytes
wmencode.hxs 1609 Kbytes
wmform.hxs 998 Kbytes
wmp6sdk.hxs 280 Kbytes
wmplay.hxs 1144 Kbytes
wmrm.hxs 366 Kbytes
wmsrvsdk.hxs 2965 Kbytes
xphelp.hxs 569 Kbytes
xpreskit.hxs 1330 Kbytes
Posted on 2003-05-14 16:16:46 by donkey
don't think I have any problems. I'm posting my image md5sums here so you can verify your images (or tell me I got b0rked images? ;P). If you don't have a md5sum app, I think has.

b5614ee6ff5ecdf537b866a5ab1eccbd *qtr40enud1.img
ba5264de44901835e658607a711b352e *qtr40enud2.img
31f9ced4aca6e7833b18ccf86c3c8c9e *qtr40enud3.img

Btw, when dealing with downloads of this size, you should really use some form of downlaod resumer/manager. wget is free and does the job fairly decent. It's originally unix, but there's a win32 port. Commandline and all, though.

I often use flashget ( I guess), as it not only downloads, it uses like five connections for each file, meaning you can get around some rate limited servers - and definitely max out your bandwidth.
Posted on 2003-05-14 16:23:22 by f0dder