Compatibility Administrator Tool

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Vista

The Compatibility Administrator tool enables you to resolve many of your potential application-compatibility issues before deploying a new version of Windows® to your organization by:

  • Providing individual compatibility fixes, compatibility modes, and AppHelp messages that you can use to resolve specific compatibility issues.

  • Enabling you to create customized compatibility fixes, compatibility modes, AppHelp messages, and compatibility databases.

  • Providing a query tool that enables you to search for installed fixes on your local computers.

Compatibility Administrator Workflow

The following flowchart illustrates the steps required in using the Compatibility Administrator to create your compatibility fixes, compatibility modes, and your AppHelp messages.

In This Section

Topic Name Description

Using the Compatibility Administrator

Includes detailed information about how to access and use the Compatibility Administrator.

Managing Application-Compatibility Fixes and Custom Fix Databases

Includes detailed information about how to manage your application-compatibility fixes and custom-compatibility fix databases, including understanding why to use fixes and how to manage and deploy custom-compatibility fix databases.

Using the Sdbinst.exe Command-Line Tool

Includes detailed information and the available command-line options for using the Sdbinst.exe tool to deploy your customized database (.sdb) files to your organization.

See Also


Known Compatibility Fixes, Compatibility Modes, and AppHelp Messages

Other Resources

Testing and Mitigating Issues by Using the Development Tools