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Mastering Windows® 7 Deployment by Kenneth van Surksum, Darril Gibson, Aidan Finn

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Chapter 2. Evaluating Applications for Windows 7 Compatibility

One of the greatest challenges to deploying a new desktop operating system in an organization is application compatibility. Even a small organization can have dozens of applications, some of which run only on legacy versions of Windows, such as Windows XP. Typically you'll find that it's some critical application that causes issues. Imagine what it must be like for large organizations like corporations or schools where there are thousands of applications. Even discovering compatibility issues must seem like a daunting process, let alone resolving those issues.

Many of the difficulties users and organizations had with Windows Vista were compatibility issues. Drivers couldn't be found, ...

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