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Webinar: Get Installations Ready for Windows 7

Join the Windows 7 experts to learn more about preparing installations for Windows 7. The Acresso team is presenting a webinar which will highlight the new features of Windows 7 and Installer 5.0 which will impact the existing software installations.  This webinar will present solutions on how to overcome the potential pitfalls such as compatiblity issues. Further, it would showcase on how to use the InstallShield® to get the application installations ready for Windows 7.  There would also be a live Q&A session after the webinar.

Make sure you make the best of this webinar by registering now.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Times: 11am ET, 2pm ET, and 7pm ET
Registration Link:

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Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5 and Data for Windows 7

A typical organization has lots of applications installed on all the computers in the network environment. This includes multiple versions of the same application, and even different updates applied to a single application version. Many of the applications and versions will be compatible with Windows 7, but some may not.  The problems resulting from these incompatibilities can range from losing functionality in a single application to critical kernel-level faults resulting in a stop error. Hence, there is a need to assess the compatiblity challenges of all the applications and mitigate them for its usage.

The Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5 is a funntasstic tool to inventory your applications, hardware, and devices; evaluate compatibility of applications and Websites; and even fix the applications using Compatibility Fixes or Shims.

Here are some good pointers for more information,

  1. Spring Board Series: To understand what exactly has changed in ACT 5.5 – Read This
  2. Mysteries of MSI Compatibility Modes in Windows 7 – Read This
  3. In this Blog, Chris Jackson speaks on updates which happened to the Compatiblity tools and Windows 7 RTM – Read This
  4. SWAT Team PodCAST – Here (This is a mp3 file)
  5. Download Application Compatibility ToolKit 5.5 – Here
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Webinar: Application Compatiblity in Windows 7

On April 30th, the Changebase team is doing a webinar on Application Compatiblity and challenges w.r.t Windows 7, Vista and Virtualization.


14:30 – 14:45
Intro to ChangeBASE

14:45 – 15:30
Application Compatibility – what are the issues for Win 7, Vista and Virtualisation? See results from the AOK App Compat Lab looking at findings for VISTA, Win 7 & Virtualization

15:30 – 16:30
A demo of AOK – The team will load, run and fix up to 20 applications in 20 minutes and show/discuss results as well as go over new features and functionality of AOK including our Win7 plugins

Registration Link
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Hosted by Greg Lambert – Chief Technical Architect, ChangeBASE

For more information on Changebase and AOK – Click here

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Windows 7 Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5: Interview with Jeremy Chapman

Last week, Stephan Rose had a chat with Jeremy Chapman on the Engineering enhancements which underwent in ACT 5.5 for Windows 7.

Here’z an excerpt of that conversation.

Also, For Application Compatibility and UAC Tools- Check this link

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How do I Solve Compatibility Issues use AppCompat Flags?

Just a small info on Application Compatibility.., Flag registry keys does solve the app launch UAC problems on Vista/ Windows 7.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers]
“C:\Program Files\ABC\law.exe”=”RUNASADMIN”

In this hive, give in the exe name, along with the runas key. This will solve much of our problem. Also the document attached should be of real help to you.

Windows Vista UAC Development Requirements

PS: This is purely a Developer/Packager solution.