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Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.0

The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) is a lifecycle management tool that assists in identifying and managing your overall application portfolio, reducing the cost and time involved in resolving application compatibility issues, and helping you quickly deploy Windows and Windows updates.

Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.0

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I'm actually going to create a new package to verify compatibility for Windows Vista. The first thing I need to do is give my package a name - in this case, I am calling it Vista_Evaluator. Because Windows Vista includes Internet Explorer 7, I want to make sure that I can verify application compatibility for IE7 as well. If I click on the "Advanced" button, I have the option to include the IE Compatibility Evaluator (IECE) with this package. The other options I am setting for this particular package are to have the package run for one day on the client, with data uploads being performed every two hours.

The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) is a set of program utilities and documents provided free of charge by Microsoft to support the life-cycle management of application compatibility issues in large scale installations of the Windows operating system.

ACT is a tool for organizations with large numbers of installed PCs running Windows. Operating system upgrades of any size have the potential to disrupt the seamless function of a Windows-operated PC. ACT assists decision makers in evaluating which applications are compatible with the proposed upgrade and which ones need further testing. The effect is a significant cost and risk reduction and overall more efficient deployment process of Windows upgrades.The toolkit contains the following tools:

Evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues. Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Windows 7 , Windows Vista , a Windows Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer in your environment.

The ACT helps customers understand their application-compatibility situations by identifying applications that are compatible with the Windows 7 operating system and applications that require further testing. ACT helps customers lower their costs for application-compatibility testing, prioritize their applications, and deploy Windows 7 more quickly.

You can use the ACT features to:1. Verify an application's compatibility with a new version of the Windows operating system, or a Windows Update, including determining your risk assessment.2. Become involved in the ACT Community, including sharing your risk assessment with other ACT users.3. Test your Web applications and Web sites for compatibility with new releases and security updates to the Windows Internet Explorer Internet browser.

1. Updated Deprecation Issue DetectionThe Windows Compatibility Evaluator (WCE) now detects files that were deprecated in Windows Vista and Windows 7. This includes detection for the use of winmail.exe, milcore.dll, outlook.exe, and msagent.exe.2. Support for 64-bit Operating Systems and ApplicationsACT now supports both running on and providing issue detection for 64-bit operating systems and applications.3. Compatibility Evaluator SupportThe ACT compatibility evaluators can now operate on computers that are running a 32-bit version or a 64-bit version of Windows. In addition, the compatibility evaluators can now detect issues for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.4. Application Compatibility Manager SupportACT enables you to test and separately evaluate both 32-bit and 64-bit applications that are running on Windows 7.5. Standard User Analyzer SupportThe Standard User Analyzer (SUA) tool enables you to use a computer that has a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows to fix compatibility issues that occur with 32-bit applications.The license of this software is Freeware, you can free download and free use this system utility software.

ACT and MAP are enterprise tools. If you have to manage only a small network, the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is probably the better choice. It lacks the central inventory capabilities of the other two compatibility evaluation tools. Therefore, you have to install all your applications on your test machine if you want to evaluate their Windows 7 compatibility. If you have PCs with different hardware, you have no other choice than to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor on each of those computers.

Note: all the examples in this document are created using system applications (like Task Manager and Character Map). System applications do not have a compatibility tab so this setting cannot be adjusted.

Shims for older APIs typically come about when the behavior of an API changes, thereby causing compatibility issues for older applications which still rely on the older functionality; in such cases, the older API can still be supported by a thin compatibility layer on top of the newer code. Shims for newer APIs are defined as: "a library that brings a new API to an older environment, using only the means of that environment."[3] 350c69d7ab


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