Compatibility Administrator

Affected Platforms

Clients: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Servers: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2


The Compatibility Administrator tool, provided by the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 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


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

Create a new compatibility database (.sdb) > Select the application and then select the compatibility fixes to apply to the application > Test the application with the new compatibility fix > Save the compatibility database and then deploy the fix to your corporation