Updates Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to fix common application compatibility issues by using Dynamic Update functionality


INTRODUCTION


The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Compatibility Update is a software update that improves the compatibility experience in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft regularly releases Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 application compatibility updates. This update package is available through Dynamic Update during the installation of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2.

Note If the computer is connected to the Internet when you upgrade the operating system, Dynamic Update prompts you to download critical content. You have the option to skip Dynamic Update during setup.

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The kinds of problem that are resolved by application compatibility updates

When you try to install and run certain legacy games or applications in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, 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

The following table lists the applications that were added to the cumulative update package. This table also describes the behavior of these applications after you install the update.

Application compatibility updates trigger several changes in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The following are the three most common:
  • Hard block
    The update puts a hard block on the application. A hard block prevents an application that is incompatible with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 from running on the system.


    Note Microsoft enables Windows to put a hard block on a non-Microsoft application only if the manufacturer of the application gives its consent.
  • Soft block

    The update puts a soft block on the application. A soft block notifies you when an application that is incompatible with Windows 7 starts to run.
  • Update
    The update improves the application’s functionality in Windows 7.

Applications that are included in the August 2009 update

ApplicationBehavior after you install the update
Alcohol 52%Enables the functionality of Windows 7-compatible versions of Alcohol 52%.
Altiris and Symantec Virtual Software up to version 6.1.499.xGenerates an upgrade block to prevent errors during a Windows upgrade.
ZoomText version 9.18Generates a driver hard block to prevent an error.
Dell Printer Driver (Models-V105, V305 and V505)Generates an upgrade block to prevent a setup failure.
Trend Micro Internet Security 2007Generates an upgrade block to prevent an error during a Windows upgrade.
Trend Micro Internet Security 2008Generates an upgrade block to prevent an error during a Windows upgrade.
Trend Micro Internet Security 2009Generates an upgrade block to prevent an error during a Windows upgrade.
YiDongFeiXin version 2.2.x and version 3.5.xEnables the application's functionality.
PGP Desktop up to version 9.xGenerates a warning in the compatibility report during Windows upgrade. The warning notifies users to decrypt drives prior to upgrade to avoid a potential error during a Windows upgrade.
Trend Micro VirusBuster 2008Generates an upgrade block to prevent errors.

Windows Live Photo GalleryUpdates Windows Live Photo Gallery to prevent a file-association issue with Windows Media Player OCX.

Update information


Prerequisites

To apply this update, your computer must be running one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this update.

Registry information

You do not have to make any change to the registry.

File information

The English version of this update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 7
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Drvmain.sdbNot Applicable151,13612-Aug-200908:00Not Applicable
Sysmain.sdbNot Applicable3,933,40612-Aug-200908:00Not Applicable
For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Drvmain.sdbNot Applicable105,39412-Aug-200907:57Not Applicable
Sysmain.sdbNot Applicable110,70412-Aug-200907:57Not Applicable
Sysmain32.sdbNot Applicable3,880,17412-Aug-200907:57Not Applicable
For all supported Itanium-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Drvmain.sdbNot Applicable105,39412-Aug-200907:54Not Applicable
Sysmain.sdbNot Applicable107,68212-Aug-200907:54Not Applicable

References


For more information, 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


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