Windows 7: Most apps will run if you tweak them


Windows 7: Most apps will run if you tweak them

Greg Lambert

Changebase, which provides tools to help businesses migrate applications, has found that 95% of application compatibility issues with Windows 7 can be fixed.

The top three non-fixable compatibility problems include system level driver issues and references to legacy network configurations (for example, Novell network drivers).

Non-fixable applications generally require an application upgrade (free or paid for). However, users that do not require the functionality provided by the non-supported drivers (old USB scanners, for example) could migrate the affected application to Windows 7 without encountering compatibility issues.

Internally developed applications should be reviewed by the development team with detailed remediation information, which will significantly reduce future development and testing effort.

For some businesses, almost 99% of their applications could be made ready for Windows 7.

 Windows 7 compatibility issue

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