Determining Application Compatibility for Windows 7

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


One of the main issues with upgrading client machines to a new operating system is ensuring that applications will still run without issues for the users. Microsoft enables administrators to use the Application Compatibility Toolkit to collect information about the applications and then test and mitigate any issues that may have been detected. This course discusses ACT and how to use it to collect data, analyze issues, and test and mitigate them using development tools. It also discusses when to use shims for compatibility mitigation. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Microsoft exam: 70-686. Pro: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator. Passing this exam will earn the learner Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator certification.

Target Audience

Individuals undertaking high level Windows desktop administration certification, and possibly Windows Server Enterprise Support certification. The customer base will also include companies using Microsoft Windows desktop and server systems that need their IT staff certified to a high level.


individuals should have at least 3 years experience installing, configuring, and administering clients in a Windows networked environment; Familiarity with client administration in Windows Server; Experience with deployment of operating systems and applications; Familiarity with Windows Server management tools such System Center suite.

Expected Duration

90 min.

Course Objectives

Understand Application Compatibility and ACT

  • identify the features of ACT
  • use the configuration wizard to configure ACT
  • Use ACT to Collect Data and Analyze Issues

  • use the ACM to create a DCP for deploying Windows 7
  • analyze compatibility data using ACT
  • Use ACT to Test and Mitigate Issues

  • test and mitigate issues
  • Design a Shim Strategy

  • recognize important considerations for designing a shim strategy
  • Using ACT to Determine Application Compatibility