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Monday, May 26, 2014

1494. Run Applications using Compatibility Mode

I have an application that runs just fine on Windows XP, but won't run at all on Windows 8. Is there anything I can do to make it run on Windows 8?

There are a number of things to try to get your older application to run on Windows 7 or Windows 8.  

The easiest option is to:

1. Right-Click, on the icon and select Properties, 
2. Then select the Compatibility Tab, 
3. Check Run this program in compatibility mode and in the pull down select what Operating System you know it will run under.  

You can select all systems back to Windows 95. Most applications will run under this option. If it doesn't there is the ability to install XP Mode on your system if you know the application runs on XP. This will also usually resolve any problems but it takes some expertise to set up your computer for this.  

Last resort is to install a Virtual machine. This is very technical and requires a 64 bit computer and operating system to set up. Then you actually install the Windows XP or other operating system and run that and your application under this Virtual system. Give this a try and usually one of the options will work.

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