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Windows 7: Windows 7 Backward Compatibility Update Available

10 Jul 2010   #1

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Windows 7 Backward Compatibility Update Available

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Customers running the latest Windows client and server operating systems from Microsoft can download an update designed to advance the backward compatibility feature of the two platforms. the Redmond company is offering the refresh in order to ensure that both Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 play nice with older applications, designed for the OS that preceded the latest releases, namely Windows Vista.

“The backward compatibility feature in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2 detects the manifest in a DLL and sets the dynamic context of a DLL to Windows 7 or to Windows Vista. This enables Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to provide a Windows Vista context for applications that are designed for earlier versions of Windows,” Microsoft stated.
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Description of an update to the backward compatibility feature in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2

A Guy

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10 Jul 2010   #2

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Thanks for sharing A Guy

Just to clarify: In laymans terms, at the moment if a non Win 7 compatible application doesn't specifically say its only compatible with (for example XP) Windows 7 will assume that it is Windows 7 compatible and try to run it as such. This fix gets around that. (or thats how I understand it from looking at the article)
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10 Jul 2010   #3

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That's the way it reads to me SS. Do we need this? I don't appear to be having any issues. J
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10 Jul 2010   #4

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I can see the use of it. Installing Vista drivers for instance. Sometimes when you run a Vista driver setup program WIndows 7 doesnt report itself as "Vista" and you get XP drivers (which dont work) I guess this fix will make it report itself as Vista instead rather than having to do compatibility mode?
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10 Jul 2010   #5

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So, have you......?
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10 Jul 2010   #6

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I installed it yeah I figured it cant do any harm. So far so good, but I havent tested it with any known compatibility issues yet.

Ill install my phone drivers and see what happens, after I've finished making my system image

Update *sigh* didn't work. It tried to run Driversetup instead of Driversetup64
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10 Jul 2010   #7

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Yeah, it basically says if you don't have issues, you don't need it. But since much of what we do here is issues, I figured for some, it may be worth a shot

A Guy
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10 Jul 2010   #8

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Just went through the WGA validation procedure and downloaded the update. When I tried to install I already had it. Must have come in Windows update.
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10 Jul 2010   #9
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Just went through the WGA validation procedure and downloaded the update. When I tried to install I already had it. Must have come in Windows update.
Same deal here, was installed on 6/23/2010. It's listed as "Recommended" in my update history so I would say that your windows update settings will determine if it installs automatically or not.
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10 Jul 2010   #10

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OK, you made me try it Mine just said the update isn't applicable to my computer...ok. A Guy
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