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Performance and Hardware Compatibility

Find resources and tools to help you install and manage devices, troubleshoot hardware compatibility issues, and monitor and improve performance in your Windows client environment.

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Consumerization of IT: Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to common questions about the growing consumerization trend and get recommendations on how to approach the management of user-selected devices, applications, and services within your desktop environment.


Assess Hardware Readiness and Compatibility


Install and Manage Devices

Using Group Policy:


Using Device Manager:


Monitor and Optimize System Performance


Watch Demonstrations and Tutorials

Video screenshot Windows 7 Hardware Assessment with the MAP Toolkit
Find out how to use the MAP Toolkit to assess the readiness of hardware and devices.
  Video screenshot Power Management in Windows 7
Learn how to use ACT Data Collection Packages to discover and analyze applications in your environment.

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Troubleshoot an Issue

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