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Chapter 32. Crash Recovery > Fixing Malfunctioning Legacy Applications or Servi...

Fixing Malfunctioning Legacy Applications or Services

Just because you are using Windows XP doesn't mean that all of your applications are Windows XP-ready. In fact, most users have more legacy applications than they do Windows XP-certified applications on their computer. There is no guarantee that legacy applications will run properly under Windows XP. Problems range from minor display-related problems to major application crashes including general protection faults and loss of associated data.

Since most users are unwilling to give up their legacy applications, Microsoft included legacy compatibility modes to improve your chance of running your favorite legacy application. Legacy services that have problems running under Windows XP should be upgraded as soon as possible to officially compatible Windows XP versions. If that isn't possible, and the fault is minor, you may be able to use the service recovery features to automatically recover and continue to use the service. Should you be in the position of running an application when it crashes and burns, knowing where the application stores its temporary data file may allow you to recover all, or part, of the data. If an application stops responding, it may be useful to know how to terminate it. In the next four sections, we will examine each of these options in more detail.


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