Defrag: Compatibility Series Part 2

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Microsoft tech troubleshooter extraordinaire Gov Maharaj and I help walk you through troubleshooting solutions to your tech support problems. If you have a problem you want to send us, you can use the Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7 (see this for details on how) and send us the zip file to We will also be checking comments for problems, but the email address will let us contact you if needed.


[01:00] - Part One (link)
[01:04] - Handle change well
[06:42] - Compatibility Administrator (link)
[10:17] - As a developer, how well do you need to know about shims/Compatibility Administrator?
[21:42] - Version Helper functions (link)
[28:04] - Citrix AppDNA (link)
[29:23] - ChangeBASE (link)
[32:21] - Pick of the Week: The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit [EMET] (link)



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    Great show, thank you!

    Does the "respect the API and you'll be fine" approach applies to drivers and Windows services as well? Would it be safe to use, say Windows Vista drivers, with Windows 8.1 and any upcoming Windows release?

    Also, it would be awesome if we could see a live demo on how to make "Metal Marines" (as a fine example of compatibility issue) to work on Windows 8.1 (how to troubleshoot, which tools to use, which shims to apply, etc).

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