How to Run old programs in Windows 11 or in Windows 10?

New versions of Windows are coming out all the time. Unfortunately, one of the problems that users may run into is that certain apps developed for an older Windows version may not work correctly on new Windows versions.

To solve this problem, the “Compatibility” feature exists in Windows. This feature helps you identify problems with the old app. You can then run the app in other Windows versions like Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

So the feature allows you to run these apps in compatibility mode.

A compatibility mode is a software mechanism whereby software emulates an older version of software or mimics another operating system to allow older or incompatible software or files to remain compatible with the computer’s newer hardware or software.

How to Run old programs in Windows 11 or in Windows 10?

To run an old program in compatibility mode, right-click the executable file or shortcut. In the menu, then click properties.

Properties of a file or shortcut

To run the old program in an earlier Windows version, first, click on Compatibility in the tab and enable the option “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select the Windows version of your choice.

You can choose from “Windows Vista”, “Windows Vista (Service pack 1)”, “Windows Vista (Service pack 2)”, “Windows 7” and “Windows 8”.

Run this program in compatibility mode for

If you do not know which Windows version to choose, you can run the “Compatibility Troubleshooter”. This may advise Windows to apply specific settings.

Compatibility Troubleshooter

I hope this has helped you still be able to use old programs in a newer Windows version such as Windows 11 or Windows 10. Thank you for reading!

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