As far as I can tell from looking at a large number of Windows forms and dialogues, Microsoft uses the following pattern to dictate the order that their buttons appear:

[Val- / Prev] [Val+ / Next] [Do] [Don't Do / Reset] [Cancel / Close] [Pseudo-Do] [Info / Help]

The trouble is that I have no way of confirming if this is the case. Does anyone know where I might find an official confirmation of this pattern or where I might find the same information for other platforms/applications?

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This Windows Dev Center Guidlines entry is very lengthy, but makes many references to command buttons you've listed and their ideal order.

It doesn't specifically mention the buttons you've listed, but this MSDN User Interface Principles guide outlines Microsoft's standard for button intuitiveness.

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