Application Considerations

Applies To: Windows MultiPoint Server 2012

Addressing application compatibility problems

New for Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 is the option to associate stations with full instances of Windows 7 Enterprise or Windows 8 Enterprise running virtually on the same host computer. For critical applications that will not run multiple instances for multiple users, or will not install on a 64-bit operating system, this can be a solution. Deploying desktops this way requires using the Virtual Desktops tab in MultiPoint Manager to:

  • Enable virtual desktops

  • Create a desktop template

  • Customize the template with the problem application

  • Associate stations with the customized template

Each station starts from the same template, so any changes are erased each time the computer starts.

Application compatibility

To work properly on a MultiPoint Server system, an application must:

  1. Install and run on Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012

  2. Install on a 64-bit operating system

For more information about known application compatibility issues, see Community Verified Application Compatibility Center for Remote Desktop Services and Windows MultiPoint Server


It is important to verify the licensing requirements for the applications you want to run on MultiPoint Server. Although you are installing a single copy of MultiPoint Server, there are traditionally multiple users, and some applications require per-user licensing. For example, in cases such as using Microsoft Office, a volume license version is required because it is licensed per user rather than per computer.