Searching for Fixed Applications in Compatibility Administrator

Updated: May 31, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista

With the search functionality in Compatibility Administrator, you can locate specific executable (.exe) files with previously applied compatibility fixes, compatibility modes, or AppHelp messages. This is particularly useful if you are trying to identify applications with a specific compatibility fix or identifying which fixes are applied to a specific application.

The Query Compatibility Databases tool provides additional search options. For more information, see Searching for Installed Compatibility Fixes with the Query Tool in Compatibility Administrator.

You must perform your search with the correct version of the Compatibility Administrator tool. If you are searching for a 32-bit custom database, you must use the 32-bit version of Compatibility Administrator. If you are searching for a 64-bit custom database, you must use the 64-bit version of Compatibility Administrator.

  1. On the Compatibility Administrator toolbar, click Search.

  2. Click Browse to locate the directory location to search for .exe files.

  3. Select at least one check box from Entries with Compatibility Fixes, Entries with Compatibility Modes, or Entries with AppHelp.

  4. Click Find Now.

    The query runs, returning your results in the lower pane.

Your query results display the affected files, the application location, the application name, the type of compatibility fix, and the custom database that provided the fix.

You can export your search results to a text (.txt) file for later review or archival.

  1. In the Search for Fixes dialog box, click Export.

  2. Browse to the location where you want to store your search result file, and then click Save.

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