Microsoft outlines Windows 7 software certification requirements

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  1. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

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    link

    looks list a nice list

    The software must meet the following requirements:
    Install and uninstall cleanly
    Install to the correct folders by default
    Support x64 versions of Windows
    Follow User Account Control (UAC) Guidelines
    Do not load Services and Drivers in Safe Mode
    Digitally Sign Files
    Do not prevent an installation or application from launching because of OS version checking
    Prevent unnecessary reboots
    Support multiuser sessions
    Minimise application failures

    i really like the install and uninstall cleanly. all the big names will have to work hard for this.
    looks like microsoft cares about it customers and wants windows 7 to be there best OS ever.

    would anyone here add anything to that list?
     
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    It's good to hear that Microsoft is trying to make Windows better by requiring developers to follow certain guidelines.
     
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    Hi Lodore:

    Thanks for this! Very interesting. I like the 3 policies in the link as well!

    The only items I would add were just above the list you gave the thread:



     
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    Except it comes down to the question, is it easier and more profitable to continue with "business as usual", or to actually rewrite large parts of a program to meet compatibility guidelines?

    How many programs really do go for the "Certified for use with Windows xxx"

    And how much has the benefit of that been lost after the whole Vista Capable scandal last time?
     
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    Yes, good point. How would your question get answered? Would a poll make sense as to how many of the products we all use here at WSF have this Certified...... thingy?

    Thoughts?
     
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    i would also be interested if someone could find what is needed for the software certification for vista? how much has changed from that to the set above for windows 7.
     
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    List of Windows [Vista] Security and Compatibility Requirements

    1.1 Follow User Account Control Guidelines
    1.2 Support x64 Versions of Windows Vista
    1.3 Sign Files
    1.4 Sign Drivers
    1.6 Perform Version Checking Properly
    1.8 Support Concurrent User Sessions
    1.10 Avoid Loading Services and Drivers in Safe Mode
    1.11 Follow Anti-Malware Policies

    Source
     
  8. lodore

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    hmm pretty close. i think most vendors just wont bother to get the certification lol.
    hp,epson,acronis etc would have to rework there programs alot to comploy with the windows 7 certification with regards to clean install and uninstall. its nice that microsoft is trying to get be strict about what programs are made for there platform but im sure most big companies wont bother getting certified to much work.


    what are the guidelines of the Anti-spyware Coalition?
     
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