Application Compatibility Update for Windows XP Professional x64 edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2: October 2010

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INTRODUCTION

Install this update to resolve a set of known application compatibility issues with Windows.

The Windows Application Compatibility Update is a software update that improves the compatibility experience in the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:
  • Windows XP Professional x64 edition
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft regularly releases application compatibility updates for these Windows operating systems.

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The kinds of problems that are resolved by application compatibility updates

When you try to install and run certain legacy games or applications, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
  • The game, the application, or the firmware is installed incorrectly.
  • The game, the application, or the firmware causes system instability.
  • The primary functions of the game, of the application, or of the firmware do not work correctly.

Applications that experience a change in behavior after you install this update

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Applications that are included in the October 2010 update

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Update information

You can install this update from Windows Update or from the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows Update

To immediately install this update, click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Windows Update. In the navigation pane, click Check for updates, and then follow the steps to install all recommended updates.

Microsoft Download Center

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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All supported x64-based versions of Windows XP Professional
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Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running one of the following Windows operating systems:
  • Windows XP Professional x64 edition together with Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

    For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2003 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    889100 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2)

    For more information about how to obtain a Windows Vista service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

    For more information about how to obtain a Windows Server 2008 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    968849 How to obtain the latest service pack for Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this update on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003.

Update replacement information

This update includes the following previously released updates:
2272691 Application Compatibility Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: August 2010

982519 Application Compatibility Update for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2: June 2010

955759 Microsoft Security Advisory: Description of the AppCompat update for Indeo codec: December 08, 2009

929427 The Windows Vista Application Compatibility Update

932246 March 2007 Windows Vista Application Compatibility Update

935280 July 2007 Windows Vista Application Compatibility Update

943302 December 2007 Windows Vista Application Compatibility Update

947562 May 2008 Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Update

954366 The August 2008 Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Update is available

957388 December 2008 Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Application Compatibility Update

976264 Application Compatibility Update for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2: February 2010

982519 Application Compatibility Update for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2: June 2010


File information

The English version of this update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

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Additional file information for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

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REFERENCES

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

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Article ID: 2388210 - Last Review: December 9, 2011 - Revision: 6.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise without Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard without Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7
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