Run Older Programs in Compatibility Mode in Windows 11/10

Some older programs may and may not run on Windows 11, 10, and 7 because they are made for earlier versions of Windows such as Vista, XP. If you’re trying to run an older program, you may receive a message that this program doesn’t run on Windows. If any older program doesn’t run the way it should, then you can run the older program in Compatibility mode.

Run Program in Compatibility Mode

Most of the older programs will run in the most recent version of Windows 11, but some might not run. Before you run the program in compatibility mode, you should first run the compatibility troubleshooter. Follow the steps below.

  1. In the Start Menu on the TaskManager, search the name of the programs you want to troubleshoot.
  2. Right-click the program, then select open file location.
  3. Again right-click the program, then select properties.
  4. In the properties, navigate to the Compatibility tab.
  5. Click the Run compatibility troubleshooter.
Run Older Programs in Compatibility Mode

If this doesn’t work for you, you can try to adjust the compatibility settings.

Under the Compatibility Mode, select the option “Run this program on compatibility mode for,” then from the dropdown menu, select the version of the Windows in which you think this program might run. Then, click the Apply then OK.

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Compatibility settings

Compatibility mode: Select the earlier version of Windows to run the program. If you know this program is made for the earlier version, you can choose the earlier version of Windows.

Reduce color mode: Some older programs are designed to use fewer colors; you can reduce color mode to use a limited set of colors.

Run in 640×480 screen resolution: You can use this setting if the graphic of the programs doesn’t render correctly.

Run this program as an administrator: Some programs require Admin privileges to run properly. Use this option to run the program as an administrator.

You can try to change the other compatibility settings to make the program run properly on the recent version of Windows.

Now, if the program is running successfully, then congrats. I hope this guide gives you an overview of the Compatibility Mode.

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