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When an application fails to run, start the Program Compatibility Wizard by clicking on Start \ Control Panel and select 'Use an older program with this version of Windows' listed at the bottom of the side bar.
-Click Next to start the wizard.
-In the next screen, I like to choose the first option instead of hunting around for the program executable. If you do know where the executable resides, select the third option. -Click Next to continue.
-Once the list is displayed, scroll through and find the application you want to run in Compatibility mode. -Click Next to continue.
-Select the version of Windows, the application was originally written to run on. If you do not know, start out with Windows XP (SP2). One advantage of using the wizard is the test mode functionality shown later.
--The next screen list options if your program has problems handling the higher quality video of Vista. For now, click Next to continue. After the wizard completes and the test fails, you will have the option to return to this screen. Experiment with the settings by starting off with disabling visual themes and desktop composition, if you can't get things working.
The below table list definitions for each setting:
--NOTE--: You will have the option to return to this setting if the program fails to run during the test.
-On the next screen, click Next to test the application. If successful select the first option and click Next to continue.
-If the application failed to run or has problems (such as video), select the second option to go back and make additional changes.
---After a successfull test, select either Yes or No to send information to Microsoft, then click Finish to save your settings.
To reset the compatibility settings back to the original settings, run the wizard again and in the 'Select a compatibility mode for the program', select the last option to 'not apply a compatibilty mode'.
-One big advantage to using the Program Compatibility Wizard, is that you can view which programs or applications are running in compatibility mode by running the wizard and checking the settings column.
-If running an older software application in compatability mode fails, check the software manufacturer site for information or updates to the software.
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
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