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Free Download: Windows 7 Compatibility List

Wondering if your software will run with Windows 7? Check compatibility for 8400+ programs using this list.

I get the Microsoft TechNet Flash via email. Most of the time it contains information for developers and IT pros (most of it out my area of interest). This issue spotlighted the Windows 7 Compatibility List. It contains a list of software that's compatible with Windows 7 that you can download direct from Microsoft. Pretty handy to have around.

In Microsoft speak, here's what the list consists of: "The Windows 7 Application Compatibility List for IT professionals is an Excel-based spreadsheet listing software applications and respective Windows 7 compatibility information. Compatibility information has been verified by either the software publisher or by the Windows 7 Logo Program testing requirements."

The list is in .xls format, so you'll need something that will open Excel spreadsheet files. Our Best Free Office Suite category has good suggestions if you don't own and/or don't want Microsoft Office.

The compatibility list has the company name, company home page, 32-bit and 64-bit compatibility status and the dates the program's status was updated.

You can find the latest software updates and check if your hardware is compatible at the Windows 7 Compatibility Center. For hardware you can search by type of device, or by name using the search box. Software is listed by type and you can search for a specific program using the search box. If you'd like to subscribe to TechNet Flash or any number of other subscriptions offered by Microsoft, try this site: Microsoft TechNet: Resources for IT Professionals.

Windows 7 Application Compatibility List

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by Anonymous on 26. April 2010 - 14:38  (48476)

Hello Bob,

Have you checked compatibility?
Just an FYI for you.

It is always best to check with the software manufacturer FIRST. They will tell you if they have tested the product and the version, as well as whether or not it will work with Windows 7.
Check out the Windows 7 Compatibility site: (There you will find out about hardware and software compatibilty.)
There is a pulldown from which you can choose "hardware" and "software".

There are also some great articles, instructional videos and such to help with your Windows 7 at our Springboard site:

In any event a lot of the times, Vista drivers will work in lieu of Windows 7 drivers, however, it's not 100%!

As stated previously, it's best to have the Windows 7 certified drivers installed.

Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Support Forum located here . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to check the threads available there for additional assitance and support.

Thanks again,
John M.
Microsoft Windows Client Support

by Bob on 18. January 2010 - 19:19  (41461)

"in microsoft speak" - ha ha... a neat way of saying Microsoft jargon GIGO?

For me, their preposterous writing style symbolizes much of what's wrong with the unhelpful way Microsoft interacts with users. But I gather Win7 is an improvement.

by rhiannon on 18. January 2010 - 20:34  (41467)

I couldn't say that Windows 7 is an improvement - more people seem to like it than Vista.
I've been using it a while, and I'm still undecided - overall, I like it better than Vista, but there are some things in Vista that aren't in Windows 7 that I miss.

by Bob on 19. January 2010 - 7:20  (41503)

Thanks Rhiannon - I guess I'll stick for some time with the Vista system I customized with free software. Given plenty of processing power under the bonnet, it runs ok.

by Anonymous on 18. January 2010 - 14:03  (41442)

Will definitely use this list and have a question that may be better addressed elsewhere: I have a 64 bit system and Windows 7 and am finding some incompatibilities (Picasa 3 for one) and would like some intelligence on the current compatibilities of programs and some forecast of the likelihood that programs will be increasingly optimized for 64 bit.

by rhiannon on 18. January 2010 - 20:21  (41465)

You can check the status of any program at the Windows 7 Compatibility site
At the moment, it is listing Picasa as 32 bit compatible, clicking on the 64-bit tab says information coming soon,they are working with the manufacturer.
The site says:
Meanwhile, these options are available to you:

Check with the software publisher
Try the Windows Vista compatible version

Windows 7 is designed to work with most products that are compatible with Windows Vista.
Try these compatibility troubleshooting tips

Looks like they are saying to try the 64-bit version of Picasa for Vista.

I would check the site for specific programs, at least they list whether or not they are working with the companies on 64-bit versions. I don't know how much help going to the manufacturers site would be, but you can check.

I can't predict anything, though I what I see is a lot 64-bit versions of programs becoming available as the demand increases.

by Anonymous on 17. January 2010 - 15:57  (41313)

I own Windows 7 on disk but haven't installed it yet. This will help me decide whether to use it or not! Thanks, Rhiannon.
Maura in Charlotte

by rhiannon on 18. January 2010 - 2:16  (41358)

Glad to help. :)