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When Vista was ramping up for release, I recall a a website was organized to document software compatibility with Vista. Is there a similar software compatibility matrix created by community effort for Windows 7?

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Of what compatibility are you speaking? Prior versions? Hardware? – Sam Aug 11 '09 at 23:35
Good point. Software compatibility. – jldugger Aug 14 '09 at 23:29
Sorry that this isn't an answer but your begging a question: I've been running Windows7 for months now, installing all kinds of various open source softwares, scanners, drivers, etc. and haven't had a problem with a single piece of software. I'd say the odds are LOW that you would run into a problem. Your more likely to be hit by lightning. – djangofan Aug 14 '09 at 23:34
I've already discovered that VMWare vSphere client is not windows 7 compatible. I expect that will improve but with the release fast approaching one would hope they'd be on the ball. – jldugger Aug 14 '09 at 23:36
There is a workaround for that, it is listed about 2/3 down – MDMarra Aug 15 '09 at 2:33
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Microsoft claims that if it runs under Vista, it should run under Windows 7. If you have any particular concerns, I would look at the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5 available here

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I'm not sure about a published document, but you can use the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor. You can run it on a machine and it will report on software / hardware compatability.

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