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Things my mother never told me about compatibility

Applies to: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

As I continue to speak to IT professionals and companies worldwide, two things become clear. First, IT pros need between 18 to 24 months to do a Windows 7 deployment from start to finish. On that note, the second thing is, if you were to start your deployment project on February 13th, with 784 days until the end of support for Windows XP, you would finish with less than 30 days to spare!

The toughest part of moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 is dealing with application compatibility issues. We have featured great articles on this topic from experts like Chris Jackson in past editions of the Insider, so this month I thought I would point out some key resources you may have forgotten about—or, perhaps, are not yet aware of.

  • Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT Professionals – A Microsoft Office Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications and respective 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 compatibility information, this list is updated often and currently has listings for over 27,000 applications.
  • Chris Jackson's Blog – Dubbed "The App Compat Guy," Chris Jackson is an Architect and Technical Lead for the Windows Application Experience SWAT Team. In his blog, Chris shares valuable thoughts and tips on application compatibility.
  • Application Compatibility Factory (ACF) Program – This Windows 7 ACF Program helps customers identify and resolve the potential compatibility issues faced when migrating desktops and applications to Windows 7. Through the program, you can learn about world-class service partners who deliver application compatibility assessment and remediation services.
  • Windows Sysinternals – Created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information, Sysinternals utilities can help both IT professionals and developers manage, troubleshoot, and diagnose Windows systems and applications.
  • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Quality Cookbook – This guide helps Windows application developers understand how to verify the compatibility of their applications with, and provides an overview of the few known application compatibility issues in, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Finally, here are some of my favorite blog posts, videos, tips, and tricks around application compatibility:

As you move forward with your Windows 7 deployments, let me know if any or all of these tools made a difference and saved you time, money, and some unnecessary headaches.

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About the author

Stephen Rose photoStephen Rose is the Worldwide IT Pro Community Manager for the Windows Commercial team at the Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, WA. Before joining Microsoft, Stephen spent 15 years running his own IT consulting company. In his current role, he drives the overall strategy and content for Windows for IT Pros on TechNet, oversees the Windows 7 and 8 IT Pro forums, writes for the Windows Team Blog, and acts as moderator for Windows Virtual Roundtables. You can follow Windows for IT Pros via Twitter or follow Stephen directly @stephenlrose.