Software Deployment Question

Migrating XP packages to Windows 7

10/28/2012 4966 views

We are migrating from XP to Windows 7. Currently all our packages (~350) are developed for XP using Adminstudio and all are working fine on XP. Do we need to make any changes for these packages to run on Windows 7. Let me know what changes are required and also let me know standard best practices to be followed while migrating the packages.

Please provide me the responses as early as possible. Thanks in advance.



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You want to use a tool to get a report on Windows 7 compatiblilty of your XP packages. You mention you currently use InstallShield, so the first option I'll mention is Flexera's Admin Studio with the Compatibility Pack. Other options are Changebase from Quest (or Dell nowadays) and AppDNA from Aptitude, or Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT)

These tools can provide you with detailed info on issues that might cause problems running applications on Windows 7, and may also provide automated remediation.


Answered 10/29/2012 by: pjgeutjens
Red Belt

  • Thanks pjgeutjens for your reply. I have just started looking into ACT, hope this will helps me. In your experience if you have seen any issues let me know, provide me the solution how you have fixed the issues (if you have faced).
  • The number of possible issues is too high to provide you with an overview. For a list of the most common classes of issues you can have a look at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee851680.aspx

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Are you migrating to Windows 7 64 bit or 32 bit..

If it is 32 bit then most of the packages should work but you need to check for any hard coding in the package.

If it is 64-bit then a lot of things change and you might have to redo those packages.

Answered 10/30/2012 by: piyushnasa
Red Belt

  • Thanks Piyushnasa for the response. We are upgrading to Win 7 64 bit. Can you please give me few generic scenarios where the package need changes for 32/64 bit system. We are preparing a case study. Your inputs will help me a lot. Thank you in advance.

As correctly pointed by pjgeutjens there are hundreds of tools but I would still say that you would need to have good packager or migration expert to remediate the issues for you. Let me know if you need any assistance :)

Answered 10/29/2012 by: imavanura
Second Degree Blue Belt

  • Sure I will let you know if I see any issues :). Have you faced any issues when you are migrating. Please provide me some examples of the issue and solution. That will be helpful as a starting point.

i prefer Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit

Answered 10/30/2012 by: phanigudivada
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