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    Vista and automation

    Note: I have sent specific questions to my automated tool vendor regarding compatibility with Vista. For this post I am just interested in hearing, in general, others' experiences, if any, concerning Vista and automated tools.

    I have done some preliminary automation testing with Vista and have found that in a GUI environment my automated tool will recognize objects but it is unable to perfom any functions on them such as pushing a button.

    I found some information regarding the sendkeys function in VB in the following links:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/davbosch/archi...26/539470.aspx

    http://www.devsource.com/article2/0,1895,1929552,00.asp

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/lib....sendwait.aspx

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    Re: Vista and automation

    Is your tool completely custom or is it a retail solution from a provider?

    I ask because this has happened to me on several occassions when running third-party test tools. If the tool has not been updated to support the new OS by the manufacturer, then all your test cases are suspect once the migration has been made.

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    Re: Vista and automation

    It is a third party tool and I have sent some questions to the vendor regarding Vista. I'm waiting for a response. I was just curious to hear others' experience with trying to automate Vista.

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    Re: Vista and automation

    Geeze, not even a week to allow vendors to catch up? Most vendors won't begin integration until GA code is available and they begin having customer requests for support. Heck, some vendors still don't have an IE7 integration that is fully functional yet, so asking for Vista support at this point is likely ahead of the curve.
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    Re: Vista and automation

    Tell that to our customers, given that buying a new PC WITHOUT Vista is all but impossible!

    The Beta has been out for months, and we have been actively testing with that. Saying that the vendors have not even had a week is just not true.

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    Re: Vista and automation

    I apologize for asking the question. I personally have had Vista on a test PC for almost two months. I thought if someone worked with a vendor that was ahead of the curve they might have tried automating Vista and had some insight on some issues they were having.

    Guess I should have asked, "What is a test case?"

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    Re: Vista and automation

    I, in turn, apologize. I carelessly hijacked the thread, since we are not using automated testing, and I hence cannot address your topic with personal experience.

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    Re: Vista and automation

    We've been automating on Vista for a few months now using Visual Test.

    We initially ran into problems similar to what the original poster talked about. We had to disable UAC in order to get our old automation to run.

    For our newer products that are based on WPF we are automating using Visual Tests MSAA functions.
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    Running other test tools on Vista

    I had to set up Visual Test in a fairly obscure way to run it on Vista. This *may* apply to other test tools. The instructions below for Visual Test should be easily adaptable to your favorite application. No guarantees. Your mileage may vary.

    Steps for Visual Test Setup on Vista:
    1. Log in with administrative privileges.
    2. Click the Windows "Start" button.
    3. Click "Run..."
    4. In the "Open:" field, type "secpol.msc" and click "OK".
    5. In the Local Security Policy dialog, click the "Local Policies" folder.
    6. Click the "Security Options" folder.
    7. In the "Policy" column to the right, scroll to the bottom and disable
    8. User Account Control: Run all administrators in Administrators in Admin Approval Mode
    9. User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation.
    10. Navigate Vista's Explorer to: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\common\msdev98\bin\vtdev.exe
    11. Right-Click the file and select "Properties"
    12. On the vtdev.exe Properties dialog, click the "Compatibility" tab.
    13. Click the "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" checkbox.
    14. Select "Windows XP Service Pack 2"
    15. Click the "Run this program as an administrator" checkbox.
    16. Repeat this process for all executables in:
    17. C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\Vt6\bin
    18. Reboot.

    At this point Visual Test should run normally.

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    Re: Running other test tools on Vista

    I tried running QARun on Vista, and to make a long story short, it ran. I didn't even need to turn on XP compatability mode. I got real lucky.

    The key is to do the installation with only one user's credentials. It crashed badly the first time since I was logged in as user A, but went through the permission hoops(lots of em) as user B. QARun got confused.

 

 
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