A while back, I posted a set of instructions that can be used to suppress application compatibility warning dialogs that can appear when installing and/or running Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 on Windows Vista. Those instructions referenced a beta version of the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) v5.0.
I just noticed that the final version of ACT v5.0 has been released. The following links contain more information about what you can do with ACT v5.0 and where you can download it from:
- ACT v5.0 functional overview - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905102.aspx
- ACT v5.0 download location - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=24da89e9-b581-47b0-b45e-492dd6da2971&displaylang=en
To summarize the above links, ACT v5.0 includes inventory and test tools and documentation to evaluate and mitigate application compatibility issues before deploying Microsoft Windows Vista, updates from Windows Update, or a new version of Internet Explorer on your systems. I encourage you to check out this toolkit if you are evaluating Windows Vista and/or want to assess the readiness of your applications for new versions of Windows or Internet Explorer.