Testing an application on Windows Vista 1

Fresh Vista Installation
from Microsoft
1. Log on as an administrator on the test computer running Windows Vista.
2. Install the application that you want to test on Windows Vista. If a prompt displays requesting permission to install the application, click Permit to continue the installation. If the installation succeeds, go to Step 5.
3. If the application installation fails and no installation permission prompt displayed, right-click the installer .exe file, click the Run this program as administrator option, and re-install the application. If the installation succeeds, go to Step 6.
Note This step is not necessary if you use a Microsoft Installer (.msi) file to install the application.
4. If you receive any errors related to the operating system version, application registration, or file copy, right-click the installer .exe file, click Compatibility, and then choose the Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode.
5. Repeat Step 1. If you still cannot install the application, go to Step 7.
6. Log on as a user without administrative privilege to the test computer running Window Vista.
7. Start the application. If the application does not start properly or displays errors, enable the Windows XP SP2 compatibility mode for the application .exe file, and then try to install it again on the operating system.
8. If the application starts successfully, run through the full suite of tests that you would typically use to test it on a computer running Windows XP. Verify your application functionality to confirm that it performs properly. If the application passes all major functionality tests, the application works properly with Windows Vista.
9. If the application does not install and start successfully, stops responding, encounters an error, or fails any of your major functionality tests, it may be one of a small set of applications that is subject to compatibility issues with Windows Vista.

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