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What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,159
United States Rank #7,007
Reach 0.0592%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.23 days
360.74 days >
Average installed length: 189.54 days


5.6.7324.0 95.46%
5.6.7320.0 4.54%

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Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

What is Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit?  (from Microsoft)

The Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 5.6 helps customers understand their application compatibility situation by identifying which applications are compatible with the Windows 7┬« and Windows Vista┬« operating system and which require further testing. ACT helps customers lower their costs for application...  Read more


Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 is a program developed by Microsoft. The most used version is 5.6.7324.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is ACM.exe. The software installer includes 83 files and is usually about 26.7 MB (27,999,820 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 46% of users of Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7352
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{0F5AEBB0-43F3-4571-ACE7-A7942E8AA179}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 26.7 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

Program executable:ACM.exe
Name:Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6
Microsoft Application Compatibility Manager
Additional files:
  • ACM.exe - Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 (Microsoft Application Compatibility Manager)
  • ACMMain.dll
  • actdcsvc.exe - Agent Framework
  • acteventlogger.dll - Microsoft Application Compatibility Event Logger Library
  • ACTUpload.dll
  • AFSetup.exe - Data Collection Package Installer
  • apphelp_xp.dll - Application Compatibility Client Library
  • Common.dll
  • CommonControls.dll
  • Compatadmin.exe - Compatability Administrator
  • DCP.dll
  • dep.exe - Deprecation Compatibility Evaluator
  • depdetct.dll - Deprecation Evaluator Shim
  • envchange.exe - Environment Change Broadcasting Helper
  • EventLogMonitor.dll - EventLogMonitor
  • EventParse.dll - Parse
  • ginasession0.exe - Gina And Session 0 compatibility Evaluator
  • gmeserv.exe - Compatibility Database Lookup Server
  • mastershim.dll - Deprecation Evaluator Master Shim
  • Microsoft.ACT.ACM.dll
  • Microsoft.ACT.Sync.dll
  • Microsoft.ACT.Telemetry.dll
  • Microsoft.AE.dll
  • Microsoft.AE.Windows.dll
  • ObjectFramework.dll
  • ObjectFrameworkExtensions.dll
  • queuer.exe - queuer Agent
  • regread.dll - Registry Reader
  • SATGuest.exe - Setup Analysis Tool Guest Program
  • sathost.exe - SAT Host
  • satinstall.exe - SAT Installer
  • satuiainstall.exe - SAT UCE Installer
  • sdbinst.exe - Compatibility Database Installer (Windows 2000)
  • StriderDll.dll - Setup Analysis Tool Support Library
  • uiaconvert.exe - Microsoft Application uiaconvert Application
  • uiaservice.exe - Microsoft Application uiaservice Application
  • VistaEventParse.dll - VistaEventParse
  • cabarc.exe - Standard User Analyzer (Microsoft® Cabinet Tool)
  • fixapp.exe - Standard User Analyzer helper tool
  • loosen.exe
  • SUA.exe
  • SUAnalyzer.exe
  • SUAnalyzerSrv.exe - Standard User Analyzer helper
  • SUAWizard.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • Compatadmin.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{EA70F78C-0A12-402F-B5E1-19988FD34D92}' (runs on registration).
  • ACM.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DF4EED49-0748-4D2F-92ED-C05ADE07D99A}' (runs on registration).
  • SUA.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A18C083C-2643-41F6-9AEB-E87188D78EE3}' (runs on registration).
  • actdcsvc.exe runs as a service named 'Act Log Processing Service' (ACTLogProcessor) "This service processes your application compatibility data log files from your client computers, entering the data into your ACT database. If you stop this service, your log files will accumulate in the local share until the service restarts and processing resumes.".

How do I remove Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit?

You can uninstall Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit.

Win 7 (SP1) 64%
Win Vista 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.24%
Windows 10 25.83%
Windows Vista 4.02%
Windows XP 2.82%
Windows Server 2003 0.09%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.36%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.83%
Windows 7 Professional 15.23%
Windows 10 Pro 5.42%
Windows 10 Home 5.25%
Windows 8.1 4.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.64% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.64%
  Germany 12.63%
  United Kingdom 5.18%
  Netherlands 3.12%
  Australia 2.56%
  Canada 2.27%
  France 2.06%
  Poland 1.99%
  Sweden 1.49%
  Italy 1.35%
  Belgium 1.28%
  India 1.14%
  Spain 1.14%
  Austria 1.06%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 22.93%
Hewlett-Packard 19.46%
Acer 14.33%
ASUS 12.97%
Toshiba 6.03%
Lenovo 4.37%
Intel 3.62%
Samsung 2.71%
Alienware 1.66%
Medion 1.06%
Common models
ASUS All Series 4.81%
ASUSTeK N56JN 4.47%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.12%
Dell Dell System XPS L7... 3.44%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.75%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.06%

About Microsoft

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Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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