How To Run A Program In Compatibility Mode In Windows 7


One of the biggest announces we face after upgrading from one version of Windows to another is program compatibility. Most of the time, software developers take their own time to upgrade programs to add support for the newest version of Windows. Early adopters of Windows Vista operating probably aware of this issue.

Luckily, this is not the case with Windows 7. Most of Windows Vista compatible programs work fine on Windows 7 as well, but some older programs might run poorly or not at all. We told you how to use the Windows 7 Program Compatibility Trouble-shooter in the days gone by. Microsoft has even included a feature named Windows XP Mode to easily run Windows XP compatible programs in Windows 7.


If a program works fine in Vista and not Windows 7, you can use either Program Compatibility Troubleshooter wizard or refer this guide to solve compatibility issues. The only downside with the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter wizard is that it might take a few minutes to complete the procedure.



So if you don’t like to go through the long procedure of Program Compatibility Troubleshooter wizard, here is a quick way to run a program in compatibility mode. Before you try out the following method, we recommend you visit developer’s page of the program to check if a new, Windows 7 compatible version of the program is available. If you have downloaded the newest version of the program and it’s not compatible with Windows 7, try out the following method.


How to run a program in compatibility mode:

Step 1: Right-click on the setup file and select Properties. If a program is not working correctly after the successful installation, right-click on its Start menu entry and then select Properties.


Step 2: Once the properties is opened, switch to Compatibility tab.


Step 3: Under the Compatibility tab, enable Run this program in compatibility mode for option and select Vista SP2 or XP SP3 in the drop down list.

 Program Properties

Step 4: Click Apply button.


Step 5: Now execute the program to run in compatibility mode.

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Dylan Austin


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