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Windows 7 or Windows XP compatibility mode in Windows 10 OS


Some applications that run on previous versions of Windows, such as Windows XP and Windows 7 may not run on Windows 10 computer. You can set the compatibility mode to the previous known version using the compatibility mode option.

Change compatibility settings manually

These steps will not work with programs that are part of Windows, like Paint or Windows Media Player, or with apps you get from the Windows Store.

    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)

   2.  Enter the name of the program in the search box, press and hold (or right-click) the search result, and then tap or click Open file location.

   3.  Press and hold (or right-click) the program icon, tap or click Properties, and then tap or click the Compatibility tab.

   4.  Select one or more of the settings (see the table below for more info).

    5. If you want to apply the settings for that program to all accounts on the PC, tap or click Change settings for all users. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

   6.  When you're done, tap or click OK.

    Setting    Description

    Compatibility mode -Runs the program using settings from a previous version of Windows. Try this setting if you know the program is designed for (or worked in) a specific version of Windows.

    Reduced color mode - Uses a limited set of colors in the program. Some older programs are designed to use fewer colors.

    Run in 640 × 480 screen resolution - Try this setting if the graphics for the program appear jagged or are rendered improperly.

    Disable display scaling on high DPI settings -  Turns off automatic resizing of programs if large font sizes are used. Try this setting if large-scale fonts are interfering with the appearance of the program.

    Enable this program to work with OneDrive files. - Try this setting if the program can't see or open files on OneDrive. Note: when large files are being downloaded there may be a long delay, with no progress bar reflecting the download.

    Run this program as an administrator -  Some programs require administrator privileges to run properly. If you aren't signed in to your PC as an administrator, this option is unavailable.

    Change settings for all users - Lets you choose settings that will apply to all users on this computer.


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