Windows 7 / Getting Started

Installing the ACT 5.5

You can download the ACT 5.5 from the Microsoft Download Center at Before you install the ACT, ensure that the computer on which you're installing it meets the requirements described in the section titled "Preparing for the ACT" earlier in this tutorial.

To install the ACT, perform the following steps:

  1. Right-click Application Compatibility Toolkit.msi and then click Install.
  2. Click Next.
  3. On the License Agreement page, click I Accept The Terms In The License Agreement and then click Next.
  4. If you want to install the ACT 5.5 in a different location than the default folder, on the Installation Folder page, click Change to change the installation folder and then click Next.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Click Finish.

Configuring the ACM

Before you can use the ACM to collect and analyze your compatibility data, you must configure the tool. This includes configuring the following: your SQL Server instance and database, your ACT Log Processing Service account, and your ACT Log Processing share.

The ACT Configuration Wizard enables you to configure the ACT database, the ACT Log Processing share, and the ACT Log Processing Service account. Before running the wizard, you must verify the following:

  • You are an administrator on the computer, and you have Read and Write permissions to the database.
  • Your domain computer has Write permissions to the ACT Log Processing Service share.
  • The ACT Log Processing Service account has Read and Write permissions to the ACT database for the domain\computer$ account.
  • The ACT client is installed on any computer that acts as an ACT Log Processing Server.

To configure the ACM, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5, and then select Application Compatibility Manager to start the ACT Configuration Wizard.
  2. Review the information on the page and then click Next.
  3. On the Select The Configuration Option page, click Enterprise Configuration and then click Next.
  4. On the Configure Your ACT Database Settings page, type the name of the SQL Server instance that will contain the ACT database in the SQL Server box and then click Connect.
  5. In the Database box, type a unique name for your new database, such as ACT_Database, and then click Create. Click Next.
  6. On the Configure Your Log File Location page, type the path of the folder in which to store the ACT log files in the Path box or click Browse to choose an existing folder or create a new folder. In the ShareAs box, type a name for the share and then click Next.
  7. On the Configure Your ACT Log Processing Service Account page, click Local System to use your local system account credentials to start the ACT Log Processing Service and then click Next. You also have the option to click User Account. If you choose this option, the ACT will use the local computer user account to start the ACT Log Processing Service. Additionally, for this option, you must enter your user name, password, and domain, and provide Log On As A Service user rights.
  8. Click Finish.

You have the option to change any of your ACT configuration settings after completing the configuration wizard. On the Tools menu, select Settings and then make your changes in the Settings dialog box.

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