Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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How To Enable Compatibility Mode Manually

Compatibility Mode: If you do run into an application that won’t work properly in Windows 7, first try to run it within a special emulation mode called compatibility mode. This enables you to trick the application into thinking it is running on an older version of Windows. 
There are three ways to trigger this functionality: 
  1. Automatically via a wizard, or 
  2. Manually via the Explorer shell. 
  3. There’s also a third related function, the Program Compatibility Assistant, which appears automatically when Windows 7 detects you’re having a problem installing or using an application.
The first and the third method are automatic. you don't need to do anything with it. So, lets shift our views to the 2nd, that is manually enabling compatibility mode.

Enabling Compatibility Mode Manually
You don’t actually have to hunt around for the Program Compatibility Wizard if you want to run an application in compatibility mode. Instead, find the executable (or, better yet, a shortcut to the executable, such as the ones you’ll find in the Start menu), right-click, and choose Properties. Then, navigate to the Compatibility tab, shown in Figure below. 
As you can see, this tab provides all of the options found in the wizard, but in a handier, more easily contained location. Just pick the options you’d like, click Apply, and test the application. Once it’s working correctly, you can click OK and never bother with this interface again.
Compatibility mode is a great (if hidden) feature, but it’s no panacea. Some applications will simply never run on Windows 7, no matter what you do.

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