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System Compatible Manifest

The System Compatible Manifest component defines a baseline set of assemblies that are accessible to all applications on the system, regardless of whether they have an application manifest. This is necessary for older non-side-by-side aware applications that linked with dynamic-link libraries (DLLs) that are now part of system assemblies, such as Gdiplus.dll.


This component includes neither applications nor services; rather, it defines how other applications can find system services without making the changes to use side-by-side assemblies.

Associated Components

This component declares that the side-by-side assemblies, such as Gdiplus.dll, can be used by older non-side-by-side applications. The System Compatible Default assembly is used by the operating system (OS) application loader to provide these baseline assemblies.

This component is required by the OS and requires the Windows Side-By-Side Assemblies component to function properly.


There are no configurable settings for this component.

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