Finally a simple way to download the “Debugging Tools for Windows”
Since a few weeks (months maybe?) the only way to download the marvelous “Debugging Tools for WIndows” package is something quite difficult : first you have to go to the Microsoft dedicated website, then get the whole Windows SDK package (just a web download starter…) and find which option to install to finally get the Windbg executable. Beyond those annoying steps, Microsoft added another difficulty: the description of each option in the installer is not descriptive at all. And again, publish only an installer for a product that is have been designed to avoid any kind of installation (think about your production server where you really want to use that debugger…) is a little bit weird, isnt’it?
Following the advise of a good friend, I choose to reveal the almost-hidden checkbox and especially give the zipped file of the x86 and x64 version.
As the most important is the files, here they are :
And for those who want to install it by themselves, here is the screen capture of the installer:
This whole thing is so complicated for such a vital tool…let’s hope that Microsoft will hear my complain and will soon offer an out-of-the box zip file for their most famous debugger!