Testing Commercial Applications

Testing Commercial Applications

Most commercial applications should run on Windows Vista without issues. You should perform application compatibility testing as a standard part of your deployment planning. The following are some useful tests you might do:

  • Terminate application installation before it is complete.
  • Try all of the installation options used in your business.
  • Test the installation by logging on as an Administrator and as a Power User.
  • Log on as a User and as several members of the Users group to test the features most important to your end users.
  • Apply Group Policy to users and computers.
  • Test combinations of applications, such as standard desktop configurations.
  • Run several applications for several days or weeks without quitting them.
  • Test automated tasks that use Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications.
  • Test to verify that long file names are consistently supported.
  • Manipulate large graphics files.
  • Perform rapid development sequences of edit, compile, edit, compile.
  • Test object linking and embedding (OLE) custom controls.
  • Test with hardware, such as scanners and other Plug and Play devices.
  • Test the applications on a Terminal Services server. Test with multiple users running the same and different applications and with user-specific settings.
  • Test concurrent use of a database, including simultaneous access and update of a record, and perform complex queries.

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