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Running Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, XP software programs on
Windows 7 using the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter


Windows 7 was designed with backward compatibility for software in mind, so that software designed to run all the way back to Windows 95 should run in Windows 7. Many XP programs and most Vista programs will run just fine with no tweaks. However, some programs may not run well or won't run at all. In that case, there are several remedies built into Windows 7.

NOTE: The offering of this information is not a guarantee that remedies will work on every software NOT designated as compatible with WINDOWS 7.

Program Compatibility: What Is It?
Program compatibility is a mode in Windows 7 that lets you run many programs written for earlier versions of Windows such as Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, and XP. If an older program doesn't run correctly, you can use the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter to simulate earlier versions of Windows, which may address the issue.

Getting Older Software Programs to Run in Windows 7
There are 4 methods Windows 7 uses to run older Windows programs:

Program Compatibility Assistant - Runs automatically when it detects an older program having compatibility problems.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter - A tool you can run manually on a program if you notice compatibility issues.

Warning: Do not use the Program Compatibility Wizard on older system programs, antivirus programs, or disk utilities. This may cause data loss or create a security risk.

Program Compatibility Tab - More advanced users can also change settings for an individual program manually by using that program's Compatibility tab. Not recommended for most people. Use the Troubleshooter instead.

Virtual Machine / Windows XP Mode - A free downloadable program that allows you to run programs in an XP OS virtual environment. This is only available for Windows 7 versions Professional and above. Not available for Home version.

Program Compatibility TROUBLESHOOTER

Running the Windows 7 Program Compatibility Troubleshooter


1) Click on Start
2) Click on Control Panel
3) Click on Troubleshooting
4) In the search box, type troubleshooter
Click on Trougleshooting
4) Under Programs, click on
   "Run programs made for previous versions of Windows."
5) Follow the instructions in the troubleshooter.

Detailed Start & Instructions:

1) Click on the START button. Type: Action Center in the search bar.

2) Select "Action Center" from the search results to open it.

3) On the left sidebar, find "Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter" and click on it. Then click NEXT. You will see a list of all installed applications.

4) Scroll to the application causing the problem, select it, and click NEXT.


Option 1: Try Recommended Settings
The Compatibility Wizard will try to determine the best settings on its own.
Option 2: Troubleshoot Program

1) Select Option 1 "Try Recommended Settings" (automatic)

2) Select Start the Program to see if the application is now working properly.

3) If it is, then select NEXT to finalize the settings.

If the program still does not work, go to Option 2...

1) Select Option 2: Troubleshoot program

2) Then select all options that apply, such as: "The program worked in earlier version of Windows..." If so, then select that option, etc.

3) Next, select the version of Windows that the program previously worked in.

Tip: if this is an older program you haven't run previously, select the earliest operating system it will run on. Example: software says… Runs on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, then Select Windows 98/ME).

4) Then select Start the Program to see if the new settings work. If they do, then select NEXT to finalize the settings.

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If your application still does not work, you might try using the XP Virtual Machine/ Windows XP Mode, or contact the program vendor for software updates.

ADVANCED USERS: If you are an advanced user and you want to change compatibility settings yourself, see Compatibility Tab / Manual Settings


Problems Installing an Older Program in Windows 7

Almost all programs compatible with Windows Vista, and the majority of Windows XP programs, run well in Windows 7 but some older programs might run poorly or not run at all.  Installing a program made for an earlier version of Windows


Some compatibility problems arise from drivers. If an older driver is causing problems, you'll need to update it manually.
Program Compatibility Assistant
The Program Compatibility Assistant detects known compatibility issues in older programs, and makes needed changes automatically, so you don't have to do anything. It can automatically resolve some conflicts, or automatically run it in a mode that simulates an earlier version of Windows. Detailed Information

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Run older programs on:  XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Compatibility Wizards:
Tips for XP USERS    Tips for VISTA USERS    Tips for WINDOWS 7 USERS
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