Pre-checking Windows 10 for failures to recognize specialised applications

Experts, please

I've successfully converted two W8.1 machines to W10, which I like a lot.

After conversion, one of the W8.1 machines was unable to detect a particular app, Ad-Aware Antivirus. By first uninstalling this app and then re-installing it, I was able to get W10 to recognize it.

I am now planning to convert a workhorse W7 machine to W10. But the W7 machine really is a workhorse and really is fundamental to my work.

Is there any way of pre-testing the W7 machine so I can find out what apps W10 is likely to failure to recognize?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 10 will do what it can to detect software that will and won't work. I have upgraded both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines to Windows 10.

1. You always need to check all drivers after the upgrade. Lenovo has drivers that have Windows 8.1 versions and Windows 10 versions. The drivers are not the same. You must check after with the manufacturer's driver update wizard.

2. Anti Virus may have to be upgraded after. Symantec issued a new version in early August.

3. I had to repair / reinstall most of the software I have over the course of a month.  

I did upgrade in the first week, so I did expect repairs and upgrades.

So there is NO one way to say in advance "here are all the fixes". You must upgrade and pay attention to what needs help after upgrading.
There used to be a windows compatibility center website. There, you could enter (for example) staroffice 5.0 and see whether that software should be compatible with windows 8.1. Worked very well.
At the moment however, the website is not available. For whatever reason this is going on for quite some time now. would have been the site.

Most software runs. Best way to simulate is actually do it and rollback if it does not work. For rollback, there's a simple mechanism or you use you image backup.

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Gordon_AtherleyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, both you.

Rollback and image backup seem to be the current solutions. But I also need to update drivers.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I use the Manufacturer's site to download and update drivers. That works well.
Gordon_AtherleyAuthor Commented:
Good, careful advice, which is what I needed.
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