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Designed by The Technical Committee (The TC), the ISV Settings Manager (ISM) is an application built to assist developers in making correct registry settings for their applications on Windows XP and Vista. It assembles registry keys gleaned from Microsoft's MSDN website (www.msdn.microsoft.com).
Frequently, third party applications designed for the Windows platform suffer limited visibility and functional availability. After installing such an application, a user experiences difficulty in discovering the application on the main user surfaces start menu, quick launch, desktop, task pane, etc. The user may experience further difficulty in making that application the default for functions like Autoplay, File Associations and Open With. As a result, some applications designed for the platform enjoy prominent selection even when competing applications exist.
The ISM houses all the registry settings needed for applications to attain equal visibility on Windows XP and Vista systems. While this information is scattered throughout MSDN, The TC aimed to centralize this information so that developers have an easier job finding and selecting registry settings for their applications.
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