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Your Old Program Won’t Run Right? Try This Fix

If you’re new to Windows XP but not to Windows, you may have an old program or two that you just can’t live without. If a program was originally written for an older version of Windows, such as Windows 95 or Windows 98, it might have problems running under Windows XP. So do you have to throw it away? Not necessarily. In some cases, you can trick the program into thinking it’s running under that old Windows version and it will work just fine. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click the shortcut for the program you want to run and choose Properties.

  2. On the Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab.

  3. Select the Run This Program In Compatibility Mode For check box.

  4. From the drop-down list, choose the version of Windows that the program worked with previously—for most programs, this will be either Windows 95 or Windows 98/Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me).

  5. When you’re finished, the results should look like what’s shown in Figure 3-3. Click OK to save your changes.

    Figure 3-3. If a favorite old program won’t work under Windows XP, try setting these compatibility options.


    Some old programs absolutely should not be run with Windows XP. This is especially true of antivirus programs, system utilities, disk defragmenters, and other programs designed to work directly with Windows. Windows XP usually will give you back an error message when you try to use the old program; don’t try to get around it or you could end up scrambling your system!



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