Friday, January 09, 2009 4:04 PMIt appears that thinstalled applications do not work on Windows 7.ThinApp (formerly known as Thinstall) is a product from VMware that bundles an entire application into one single exe file for easy distribution and management.Thinstalled applications are very handy e.g., to carry around on a UFD. Some thinstalled applications can be downloaded for free from http://www.thindownload.comIs there a way to run these in Windows 7?If not, what causes them to break in Windows 7?Hopefully, Microsoft will be able to fix compatibility with existing thinstalled applications. Waiting for VMware to update ThinApp is not an ideal solution since it would mean that all pre-existing thinstalled applications (e.g., in enterprises) would have to be rebuilt.
Friday, January 09, 2009 6:50 PMAnswererI'm not sure I understand the comment to the question. If the application was packaged/run under Vista SP1 there and high likely hood that it will work under Windows 7.
What I don't understand is the comment about waiting for a VMware update. Enterprises that use ThinApp are not going to be deploying Windows 7 anytime soon. If/When Vmware comes out with an update, it should not be that difficult to recreate the ThinApp executables.
Friday, January 09, 2009 7:02 PMThanks Joe.It appears that none of the applications from http://www.thindownload.com run on Windows 7.This makes it seem like one will have to re-package all applications specifically for Windows 7, which would be a huge pain.
Monday, January 12, 2009 1:40 PMThe issue also came up on
Two good points there:
- "Makes windows 7 completely useless to me as like you most of my apps are portable and I’d sooner stick with a bare bones install of XP & have them all run than have to go through the pain of reinstalling everything again."
- "I read somewhere that microsoft had stated that all apps currently run in Vista will be guaranteed to run in W7 so isnt it a case of them sorting out the problem?"
I tend to agree.
Monday, January 12, 2009 6:03 PMMicrosoft Application Virtualisation currently has an issue with Windows 7 as well. Microsoft have stated that most applications that run on Windows Vista will also run on Windows 7, however there will be exceptions. Given the nature of application virtualisation solutions, I would expect that most of them will be in the exceptions list.Have you tested those applications installed natively on Windows 7, outside of Thinapp? My guess is that if you try that you will find that they will work.
Monday, January 12, 2009 7:40 PMAaron.Parker said: Have you tested those applications installed natively on Windows 7, outside of Thinapp? My guess is that if you try that you will find that they will work.Correct, but of course this doesn't really help because the time already invested to generate existing thinstalled apps is just wasted then.
- Proposed As Answer by Haantje01 Monday, May 04, 2009 4:51 PM
Monday, May 04, 2009 4:53 PMI have more tan 20 programs, made portable myself with Thinstaa/thinapp and none of them
wil run under W7.
As I use those programs a lot, I have return to Vista again.
Hope Microsoft is solving this problem quick, because I do like W7
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 7:21 PMSame here - I'm going to have to head back to VISTA as well until this is resolved. Too bad because I was really enjoying W7.
Thursday, July 02, 2009 8:34 AMwaiting for an update in a forthcoming Thinapp release that will work in Windows 7.
I miss my Thinapp'ed internet sandboxes (fully isolated) - best online security
Saturday, August 08, 2009 11:49 AMAny answer yet?
I have Win7 RTM 64bit and all my Thinapp's don't work on Win7 :(
Saturday, August 08, 2009 5:01 PMIf I were you, I would look for the fix at VMWare, who is the developer of Thinstall.
Hopefully an update of the Thinstall client runs your Thinapps on Windows 7.
Here is some more information about ThinApp and Windows 7 in the VMWare forums http://communities.vmware.com/thread/223883;jsessionid=40DD796EA0ED91FA1518B92B88BACBF5?tstart=0.
Thursday, August 13, 2009 6:12 PMI'm spinning up Windows 7 RTM in VMWare View.
Looking into VMware-ThinApp-4.0.2-3089 and yes it will not run.
I'll keep you posted if I find out anything from VMWare.
Monday, December 28, 2009 11:21 PMSee the ThinApp Blogs at http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp - specifically the article "Top 10 Questions on ThinApp" (http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/2009/12/top-10-questions-on-thinapp.html).
The current version of ThinApp (version 4.0.4) does not "officially" support Win 7 but don't be surprised if your ThinApp'ed application works on Win 7 as ThinApp 4.0.4 has Win 7 "experimental capabilities" in it.
The next version of ThinApp (version number not released) probably being released sometime in Q1 2010 will have official support for Win 7.
For existing ThinApp customers who have kept their ThinApp projects and wish to try them now on Win 7, just download ThinApp 4.0.4 and rebuild the project. Same thing goes for when the next version (or any version) of ThinApp is released - just rebuild with the version in question to obtain the features/fixes desired.
For those interested in ThinApp'ing Office 2010 (32-bit), see this ThinApp Blog article (http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/2009/12/microsoft-office-2010-beta-recipes.html).
- Proposed As Answer by Squidly Man Monday, December 28, 2009 11:21 PM
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:13 PMyou could use WindowsXP mode that comes with Windows Virtual PC on windows7 to run XP compatible programs