Weekly Tip for Windows 10 – Week 1: Enabling Compatibility Mode

Compatibility mode can get older programs to run on new operating systems like Windows 10. What it does is that it tells the computer to run selected software under conditions of an older OS, such as Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. Therefore, if there are any software that refuses to run on the new operating system, run the program under compatibility mode.

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  1. Locate the program’s .exe file in the Program Files (wherever you installed the software/moved the software).
  2. Right-click the icon and selected Troubleshoot Compatibility and wait for Windows to scan your system.
  3. Click Troubleshoot Compatibility and then the option “The program worked in earlier versions of Windows but won’t install or run now“. You should be able to see a list of operating system and selected the one that you used the software previously on (usually you can set it to Windows XP and it should work).
  4. Click Next and run a test launch.
    • If the program boots up, click Next and then “Yes, save these settings for this program.”
    • If the program does not boot up, click Next and then “No, try again using different settings” and select a different OS.

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