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10. Applications > 89. Force XP-Incompatible Applications to Run

Force XP-Incompatible Applications to Run

Don’t throw away your old programs that can’t run under XP. Use these hacks to force them to work.

Some older applications, including old games and programs written specifically for an earlier version of Windows, might not run properly or run at all under XP. But there’s a lot you can do to make sure they run, including running an automated Compatibility Wizard and using a little-known Microsoft tool to solve compatibility problems.

Use the Compatibility Wizard

If you find a program that won’t run under XP, start with the easiest step. Run the Compatibility Wizard: choose Start Help and Support Fixing a Problem “Application and software problems”


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