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10. Applications > 90. Force Older Programs to Use XP Common Controls

Force Older Programs to Use XP Common Controls

Older Windows programs look ancient and outdated in XP because they don’t use the newer-style buttons and checkboxes. Here’s how to make them use XP common controls.

When you run an older program in XP, the operating system applies an XP-type frame around it, with rounded titlebars. But the older program itself still uses its older-style interface. You can, however, force older programs to use XP-type common controls for things such as checkboxes and buttons. You’ll have to create a manifest file (a specifically formatted XML file) and place it in the same directory as the older file.

Example 10-1 shows the code to put in your manifest file. For Program Name, enter the name of the program, and for


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