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Running Older Programs

If you upgraded from XP’s forebear, Windows 2000, you know that its designers sacrificed some compatibility for stability; many Windows 9x programs (games in particular) won’t run on 2000. With XP, Microsoft made a largely successful effort to run older programs written for Windows 9x and even Windows 3.1/DOS. But if XP has trouble running a program that ran fine in Windows 9x, NT, or 2000, you can try tricking the program into thinking that it’s running on the older OS.

To run a troublesome older program

1.
Right-click a program’s executable (.exe) file or shortcut icon; then choose Properties > Compatibility tab (Figure 6.11).

Figure 6.11. Choose the previous version of Windows that the old program was made for.


2.
Change the compatibility settings for the program; then click OK.

The next time that you open the program, XP tries to fool it into running.


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