Windows 7: Older Programs Not Compatible

posted Feb 15, 2012, 8:55 AM by R. Kevin Smoot   [ updated Feb 15, 2012, 12:39 PM ]

Sometimes one must utilize older but tried and true programs, even after getting a new computer. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. For programs that are not compatible, you can still use Windows 7 Compatibility Mode.

To install a program in Compatibility Mode, right-click its "installation file" and select "Properties". In its "Properties" windows switch to the "Compatibility" tab, check "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and from the "pull-down menu" choose the latest version of Windows of which you know that the program was running on.

Windows Compatability Mode

You may have to repeat this step with the program itself once it is installed. Right-click the "program icon", select "Properties", switch to "Compatibility" tab, check  "Run this program in compatibility mode for", and choose the respective Windows operating system.

Furthermore, you can change the settings for the respective program and you should explore these, depending on the issue you’re facing. Hopefully your older program will work using this method.