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Application Compatibility

Find tools and step-by-step guides to help you discover applications, assess compatibility with the Windows operating system, and address compatibility issues prior to deployment.

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Virtual Roundtable: Windows 7 Application Compatibility and Virtualization
Learn how virtualization tools can alleviate application compatibility concerns whether you're migrating from Windows Vista or Windows XP, and help you reduce testing times, expedite deployment, and streamline PC management.


Learn About Common Compatibility Challenges


Discover Applications and Assess Compatibility


Mitigate or Fix Compatibility Issues


Watch Demonstrations and Tutorials

Video screenshot Getting Started with the Application Compatibility Toolkit
Find out how to use ACT to discover applications and obtain initial compatibility findings.
  Video screenshot Generate an Application Inventory
Learn how to use ACT Data Collection Packages to discover and analyze applications in your environment.
Video screenshot Analyzing Compatibility Data
See how data is collected in ACT, how to prioritize applications, and how to synchronize your application portfolio.
  Video screenshot Mitigating Compatibility Issues with Common Fixes
Learn how to use the Compatibility Administrator tool in ACT to author custom compatibility fixes.

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Troubleshoot an Issue

Not an IT professional? Troubleshoot Windows compatibility issues at Microsoft Answers.