Migrating XP packages to Windows 7

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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Posted by: pjgeutjens 8 years ago
Red Belt

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.


  • 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). - Shetty 8 years ago
  • 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 - pjgeutjens 8 years ago
Posted by: piyushnasa 8 years ago
Red Belt

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.

  • 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. - Shetty 8 years ago
Posted by: imavanura 8 years ago
Second Degree Blue Belt

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 :)

  • 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. - Shetty 8 years ago
Posted by: phanigudivada 8 years ago
Purple Belt

i prefer Microsoft's Application Compatibility Toolkit

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