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Make older programs run in Windows XP

Q. I have an older program that was designed for windows 95, how can I get it to work in Windows XP?

A. You can get your older programs to work by using the 'Compatibility Mode' that is built into WIndows XP by Microsoft. Compatibility Mode allows the computer to execute a program using the shell (version of Windows) it was designed for.

  • Find the program or shortcut icon you'd like to run.
  • Right-click the icon and select Properties from the menu.
  • Click the Compatibility tab.
  • Place a checkmark in the box labeled "Run this program in compatibility mode."
  • Select the version of Windws that the program was originally designed for.
  • You may need to fine-tune the other three fields under "Display Settings" i.e. an older program may require 640x480 resolution and 256 colors.
  • Click Apply.
  • Try starting the application after making these changes. If there are still issues, try a different version of Windows. If the program was written for Windows '95 and worked fine in Windows '98, select Wondows '98 and try gain.


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