What is Compatibility Mode?
According to the Microsoft knowledge base article, compatibility mode is a feature of Windows Vista and Windows 7 that allows you to run programs written for earlier versions of Windows such as Windows XP or Windows 2000. Many programs created for Windows XP may work in Windows Vista or Windows 7; however, there are some that may run incorrectly, if at all.
How to use Windows XP Compatibility Mode
- Right-click the file icon and choose Properties from the context menu that appears:
- After choosing
from the context menu, a window will appear displaying the different properties of the application organized in tabs. Selecting the Compatibility tab allows for certain features of the Vista or Win 7 operating system to be disabled when running the program. Additionally, the Compatibility tab gives the option to run your application as it is intended for Windows XP or for almost all other previous versions of Windows, as available from the drop-down menu:
- After choosing the compatibility mode for the operating system in which your application runs correctly, click
then click to save the changes.
- If the operating system compatibility mode is not enough, try running the Program Compatibility Wizard by clicking the Start button , clicking > > >
- If compability mode and the wizard does not solve the problem, check the program manufacturer’s website for any updates or patches.