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Application Compatibility for Windows Vista

Application compatibility is one the largest hurdles in any Operating System Migration, and Vista's improved security model provided some challenges for poorly written or legacy applications. To ease the testing burden, Microsoft has developed a number of useful tools and guidance for automating the testing process in your organization, including the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT 5.0), technologies within the Vista Operating System that virtualize directories and resgitry hives, and Least User Priviledge.

Where to start

Why Windows Vista compatibility issues exist, and what to expect
Compatibility is a big concern for administrators planning an upgrade to Vista. Prepare for the conflicts by learning what to expect when moving away from Windows XP. Source: SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com

Applications that have earned the "Certified for Windows Vista" logo
List of application that have received the "Certified for Windows Vista" logo is a compatibility designation for applications and devices that have passed a rigorous testing program. Source: Microsoft.com

Applications that have earned the "Works with Windows Vista" logo
List of application that have received the "Works with Windows Vista" logo. To receive this designation, software companies test their applications to make sure that the applications meet the program's guidelines. Source: Microsoft.com

Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0
The Application Compatibility Toolkit is an automated testing tool for businesses that can be deployed to analyze and report on potential compatibility issues. Source: Microsoft.com

The real story on Vista application compatibity
George Ou's take on Vista's compatibility issues, and the benefits of an improved application security model. Source:ZDnet

AppReadiness.com
Central site that has a large index of applications and versions that are Vista compatible, including certification levels. 

Application Compatibility Cookbook for Developers
Resource site for developers and ISV's who need guidance for creating Vista compatible applications. Source: MSDN.com 

Compatibility Testing
Getting Started with Windows Vista Application Compatibility Testing
Microsoft whitepaper in Word Format that provides an overview of the application compatibility testing process, and where to begin. Source: Microsoft.com

How to test a single machine for Windows Vista compatibility issues
Using a free tool from Microsoft, admins in small companies can easily test a PC for application and hardware compatibility with Windows Vista. Source: SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com

Free tools bring enterprise compatibility testing to Windows Vista
Application compatibility is a major issue for large companies planning a migration to Vista. Fortunately, Microsoft designed its free tool, Application Compatibility Manager, to help large enterprises test for Vista compatibility issues before making the upgrade. Source: SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com

How To Manage Windows Vista Application Compatibility
Great introductory article on resolving basic Vista compatibility issues including version checking, UAC, 16 bit applications, as well as an overview of Vista's built in compatibility features. Source: Information Week

Testing applications for Vista Compatibility
In depth six part series by Brien Posey covering the Windows Upgrade Advisor and the Application Compatibility Toolkit. Source: WindowsNetworking.com

Preparing applications for Windows Vista migration
Preparing applications is the biggest part of any move to a new Windows operating system, especially Windows Vista. Because most organizations run up to several hundred applications on their desktops, testing and validating, repackaging and performing quality assurance on these applications requires significant effort. Source: SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com

Avoiding software conflicts in a Windows Vista migration
Before considering a Vista rollout, take an inventory of existing applications to determine how well they will work under the new operating system.  Source: SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com

Troubleshooting
How to troubleshoot program compatibility issues in Windows Vista 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article KB 927386 covers basic compatibility steps for general users. It covers steps to troubleshoot issues that occur when a program is installed, but the program will not run on Windows Vista. Source: Microsoft.com

How to troubleshoot issues that may prevent a program from being installed correctly on a Windows Vista-based computer 
Microsoft Knowledge Base article which outlines steps required to fix problems that may prevent a program from being installed correctly.
Source: Microsoft.com

How to determine whether there are program-compatibility issues before you install Windows Vista
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article KB describes how to determine whether there are any program-compatibility issues before you install Windows Vista. Source: Microsoft.com

Advanced methods to troubleshoot a program that does not run as expected after it is installed on Windows Vista 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article KB 931362 that covers adavnced troubleshooting methodologies for resolving application compatibility issues within Vista. Source: Microsoft.com

How to troubleshoot program-incompatibility issues that may stop the Windows Vista Setup program
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article KB 931360 describes how to troubleshoot "hard or soft" block issues that may stop the Windows Vista Setup program. Source: Microsoft.com

Workarounds for Windows Vista compatibility issues
Windows Vista's new security features cause compatibility problems for many applications. Fortunately, in some cases you can get around these issues and continue to run your applications. Source: SearchEnterpriseDesktop.com

Compatibility Updates
January 2007 Windows Vista Application Compatibility Update

March 2007 Windows Vista Application Compatibility Update

July 2007 Windows Vista Application Compatibility Update

 

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