Is Your Application Listed in Windows 7 Compatibility Center?

Microsoft has announced the availability of two great tools to help your customers determine if you are ready for Windows 7:

The announcement was made on the Windows Team Blog at Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and Windows 7 Compatibility Center now available. Both tools are available at

ISVs who have declared applications in Front Runner or on the ISV App Compat site are included. Also applications that have passed the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo are shown.

This is one of my partner applications that earned the software logo.


The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC to see if it’s ready for Windows 7. It checks to see if your PC meets the system requirements, lets you know if your processor is capable of running 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and gives guidance on your upgrade options. It also tells you about any known compatibility issues with the most commonly installed software programs and devices connected to your PC. If an issue can be resolved, it suggests next steps for you to take before installing Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Compatibility Center helps you easily check the compatibility of thousands of devices and software programs for 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows 7. Usually, you won’t need to do anything to ensure compatibility. If you do, the site goes beyond just telling you what will or will not work. It also provides links to drivers and software updates to help get your PC running with the latest software.

Register Your Application

It’s not too late to register your application. If you are in the US, you can register your application in Front Runner. Outside the US, register your application in ISV App Compat. Note: The update to Compatibility Center is not instant. It’ll take some time to get your application listed. So if you haven’t done so already, be sure all your applications are listed.

How to Earn the Compatible with Windows 7 Software Logo

For step by step instructions on how to get started earning the Compatible with Windows 7 software logo, see Updated Compatible with Windows 7 Software Logo for RTM Has New UI. It also explains the steps for you to take to get partner points in the Microsoft Partner Network that count toward your ISV Competency.


Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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