Features New To Windows XP - Application Compatibility

Application Compatibility

As Windows XP merged the consumer and enterprise versions of Windows, it was necessary to support applications developed for the popular and consumer oriented Windows 9x platform on the Windows NT kernel. Microsoft addressed this by going to great lengths to improve compatibility with application specific tweaks and shims and providing tools such as the Application Compatibility Toolkit to allow users to apply and automate these tweaks and shims on their own applications. The Compatibility Layer can be scripted using batch files. Windows XP Setup also includes a compatibility checker that warns users before setup begins of incompatible applications and device drivers or applications that may need to be reinstalled.

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