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Testing Application Compatibility

Application compatibility is often a deployment-blocking issue. It's also the issue that most deployment projects focus on the least-until things begin to fall apart. By focusing on application compatibility early, you can better ensure a successful deployment project.

Three common reasons that application compatibility blocks operating-system deployment are fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Companies simply don't know what applications are in their environments, whether the applications are compatible with the Windows 7 operating system, and what risks each application poses if it fails after deployment.

To help overcome these issues, this tutorial describes the Microsoft tools that are available for discovering the applications in your environment, evaluating their compatibility with Windows 7, and then developing fixes for any issues. The primary tool in Windows 7 is the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.5.