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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Understanding Compatibility

Since the arrival of Microsoft Windows as a ubiquitous application platform, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and internal developers have created thousands of applications for it. Many are mission-critical applications—some of which aren't compatible with the latest version of Windows. Types of applications that might not be compatible include the following:

  • Line-of-business (LOB) applications, such as enterprise resource-planning suites

  • Core applications that are part of standard desktop configurations

  • Administrative tools, such as antivirus, compression, and remote-control applications

  • Custom tools, such as logon scripts

What Compatibility Means

Applications designed for earlier versions of Windows have been carried ...

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