App Compat references for Windows 10

Applies to Windows 10.


Hi all,


For those of you (IT Pro’s) moving/upgrading from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10.


For the most part, applications that work on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 work on Windows 10.

The exceptions are going to be, applications that have a Kernel driver or Filter driver such as Disk Encryption, Antivirus (and other Security software), VPN software, etc…


There are three steps that you want to keep in mind when working on Application Compatibility.


1) For discovery and reports on compatibility problems, prioritization and rationalization, we (Microsoft) have now Upgrade Analytics (UA).  This (UA) provides with an inventory of the apps installed and its usage.  Which provides information about issues known to us (Microsoft).


Manage Windows upgrades with Upgrade Analytics

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2) For discovery, the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT), UA, Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit and SCCM (and other 3rd party ISV's) software inventories.
3) For application compatibility static analysis, you can try using Aaron Margosis LuaBugLight or if you need assistance from a PFE Developer, we have two Workshops that are available for Microsoft Premier customers:

  • Win8 Application Excellence Labs

Note:  It applies to Windows 10.

  • Windows Client:  Internet Explorer 11 Migration and Configuration.



The Application Compatibility cookbook should help you understand what has changed, which should/will help mitigate your issues.

Windows and Windows Server compatibility cookbook: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2


Our Application Compatibility Product Group has a new website for ISV’s, where they (ISV’s) report what’s compatible with Windows 10, that as an IT Pro/IT Administrator, you might want to check out:

Ready for Windows which redirect to

Ready for Windows - Frequently Asked Questions


Some items that I have run into when utilizing a Desktop/Laptop/Tablet that has a high resolution (4K resolution) capability:

Display Scaling changes for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Zoom Windows 10 Remote Desktop connections to older versions of Windows to improve your experience on a hi-DPI client display


And the famous Chris Jackson has the “The App Compat Guy” blogs that has a lot of tips on remedying Application Compatibility issues.

And some videos:

Windows 10 and App Compat (Part 1): What about my Windows Apps?

Windows 10 and App Compat (Part 2): How do I get to IE11?

Windows 10 and App Compat (Part 3): How do I get to the Edge?


I hope this helps,


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