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Run Old Software on Windows 10 with Compatibility Mode

Microsoft launched Windows 10 back last year, and it’s a much improved operating system. However, Microsoft is looking toward the future with this version, but you might have some older program that you still need to use, but it doesn’t work correctly.

Most likely you’ll run into this issue if you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Luckily, Compatibility mode is still an option in Windows 10 for those older apps that don’t run correctly.

Use Compatibility Mode in Windows 10

Compatibility mode isn’t anything new, but it’s worth revisiting since there are so many old programs out there that might not run correctly on Windows 10.

Right-click your program’s shortcut or the EXE file and then select Properties.

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When the Properties screen comes up, choose the Compatibility tab then choose which version of Windows you want to use. Of course, make sure to click OK so it will always open in the mode you set.

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If you’re still having problems getting it to run, you can start the Compatibility Troubleshooter and work your way through the wizard. However, I’ve never gotten that to work. Usually, either a program works, or it doesn’t.

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As technology continues to develop, some older programs become casualties of innovation. We’ve received that complaint from a lot of readers who use Microsoft Money (Sunset). The issue here is that Microsoft no longer supports it, and that holds true for a lot of older programs. Developers stop supporting old programs, and they fall off the radar.

I have a program for my Hauppauge video capture card from ArchSoft that not only isn’t supported, but you can’t even download it anymore. The company stopped maintaining and supporting it. I have to install it from the CD it came on.

If you’re running Windows 7, make sure to read our article on how to use Compatibility mode in Windows 7. Another option you have (depending on your situation) is to install a VM with a version of Windows that allows the program to work. For more on that, check out some of the options you have to create a virtual machine in one of the articles linked below.

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2 Responses to Run Old Software on Windows 10 with Compatibility Mode

  1. Kay krause February 10, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    Microsoft system Xperia 32 disappeared . Message on dell computer 9100. Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    (Windows root) /system32/Hal,doll,
    Please re-install a copy of the above file

    I cannot loads or get into mictrsoft.????
    What can I do

  2. jim June 26, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Tell me something that everyone already knows. I have an older Autocad that will not install on Win 10. It uses a 16 bit installer. Now, fix that. MS needs an operating system that works. Period.

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