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Article ID: 931359 - Last Review: February 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0

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This article describes how to determine whether there are any program-compatibility issues before you install Windows Vista. The information in this article applies specifically to situations in which a program is already installed on a computer that is being upgraded to Windows Vista.

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Visit the Windows Vista Compatibility Center to determine whether a particular application or device is compatible

Most applications and devices will run successfully on a computer that is running Windows Vista. If you have concerns about a particular application or device, visit the Windows Vista Compatibility Center to see specific compatibility information about that product before upgrading.
Windows Vista Compatibility Center (

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Contact the software vendor

We recommend that you contact the software vendor of any programs that you want to use in Windows Vista to verify compatibility with Windows Vista. For more information about program compatibility issues in Windows Vista, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
931360  ( ) How to troubleshoot program-incompatibility issues that may stop the Windows Vista Setup program
931361  ( ) How to troubleshoot issues that may prevent a program from being installed correctly on a Windows Vista-based computer
931362  ( ) Advanced methods to troubleshoot a program that does not run as expected after it is installed on Windows Vista
To see the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (  

Applies to
  • Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
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