How to Get an Older Program to Run on Windows XP

Posted October 6, 2005 by Chillyb in Windows

These hints help in getting older applications running under Windows XP.

Getting older applications running under XP can be difficult. Here’s the steps to get started:

1. Right–click the executable or the program shortcut to the executable, and then click Properties.

2. Select the Run this program in compatibility mode check box.

3. From the list, select an operating system in which the application is compatible.

4. Try running the application with these new settings.

If this does not work, continue tweaking the display settings and resolution. Some applications will run better with Windows XP visual themes disabled as well.

If problems continue to exist, try adjust the compatibility settings toward a more primitive version of Windows. For example, a program that’s unhappy on in Windows 2000 mode may flourish on Windows 98 mode instead.

If all else fails, a user’s last effort is to install the application as a virtual machine or within an emulator.

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