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5. Select any additional compatibility fixes to apply to your compatibility fix. Click Test Run to verify that your choices enable the application to work properly. When you are satisfied that the application works, click Next

6. Click Auto-Generate to automatically select the files that the Compatibility Administrator recommends to represent your application and then click Finish. The Compatibility Administrator adds your compatibility modes, fixes, and matching information to your custom database, and the information appears in the right pane .

Creating a Compatibility Mode

The Compatibility Administrator provides several compatibility modes, which are groups of compatibility fixes found to resolve many common application compatibility issues . You can create custom compatibility modes that contain multiple fixes and then apply these compatibility modes to applications

To create a compatibility mode, perform the following steps:

1. In the left pane of the Compatibility Administrator, click the custom database to which you will apply the compatibility mode

2. From the Database menu, select Create New and then select Compatibility Mode .

3. Type the name of your custom compatibility mode in the Name Of The Compatibility Mode text box.

4. Select each of the available compatibility fixes to include in your custom compatibility mode and then click > . If you are unsure which compatibility modes to add, you can click Copy Mode to copy an existing compatibility mode .

5. Click OK after adding all of the applicable compatibility modes.

Creating AppHelp Messages

The Compatibility Administrator enables you to create the following blocking or non-blocking AppHelp messages, which appear when a user starts an application that you know has functionality issues with Windows 7:

■ Blocking AppHelp message (also called a HARDBLOCK) Prevents the application from starting. Instead, it provides an error message dialog box that explains why the application did not start. In this situation, you can also define a specific URL where the user can download an updated driver or other fix to resolve the issue . When using a blocking AppHelp message, you must also define the file-matching information to identify the problematic version of the application and allow the corrected version to continue

■ Non-blocking AppHelp message (also called a NOBLOCK) Allows the application to start but also provides an error message dialog box to the user. The dialog box includes information about security issues, updates to the application, or changes to the location of network resources .

To create an AppHelp message, perform the following steps:

1. In the left pane of the Compatibility Administrator, click the custom database to which you will apply the AppHelp message .

2. On the Database menu, click Create New and then click AppHelp Message.

3. Type the name of the application to which this AppHelp message applies, type the name of the application vendor, browse to the location of the application file (. exe) on your computer, and then click Next.

4. Click Auto-Generate to automatically select the files the Compatibility Administrator recommends to represent your application and then click Next .

5. Select one of the following options for your AppHelp message:

■ Non-blocking Display a message and allow this program to run .

■ Blocking Display a message and do not allow this program to run .

6. Click Next . Type the URL and message text to appear when the user starts the application and then click Finish

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