Making Software for Older Versions of Windows Work in Windows 8
Using software that was not designed for Windows 8 can cause compatibility issues, such as error messages or software that won’t open or work properly. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make older software work in Windows 8. Windows 8 provides a Program Compatibility Troubleshooter that automatically detects and resolves many software compatibility issues. To open the troubleshooter, move the mouse pointer to the lower left corner, rightclick, select Control Panel, and click Programs. Under Programs and Features, click Run programs made for previous versions of windows.
To start the troubleshooter, click Next. A progress bar displays as the troubleshooter searches for programs. From the list of programs, click the program you wish to troubleshoot. For this example, we will select HP Photosmart Essential. Next. Select Try recommended settings. To test the new settings, click Test the program. If a User Account window opens, click Yes. The program you are trying to fix opens. Make sure the program is working.
If the problem is fixed, close the program, return to the Program Compatibility window and click Next. Then click Yes, save these settings for this program. If the problem is not fixed, select No, try again using different settings. Select the problems that apply, click Next, and follow the onscreen instructions. If the software is still not working, try running compatibility from the Windows Desktop. If the software icon is on the desktop, you can use the Windows Compatibility feature to run the program in the version of Windows designed to work with the software.
Caution: Don’t use this troubleshooting method on older antivirus programs, disk utilities, or other system programs. Doing this could cause data loss or create a security risk. To use this feature, rightclick the icon on your desktop, and select Properties. the Compatibility tab. Check quot;Run this program in compatibility mode for:quot; Then, select the version of Windows that is compatible with the software. For this example, we will select Windows XP Service Pack 3. Apply and then click OK. The program will run in the version of Windows you selected.
If you still are not able to run a program in Windows 8, Microsoft provides a Windows Compatibility site where you can browse software titles to find a solution for the problem. To find out if a particular software title is listed on the site and if it’s compatible with Windows 8, go to Microsoft and search for Windows Compatibility Center. Select Windows Compatibility Center, and then select Windows 8. Type the software title you want to find. In this example, we’ll search for quot;HP Photosmart Essential 3.5.quot; Then, click Search. Select the software title.
Microsoft shows that the software is compatible with Windows 8. If the software is still not working or is listed as not compatible, it may need to be replaced with a version that is compatible with Windows 8. Thank you for viewing this tutorial. For more help, go to hp support.
Making Older Software Work in Windows 7
Using software that was not designed for Windows 7 can cause compatibility issues such as error messages or software that won’t open or work properly. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make older software work in Windows 7. Whenever incompatible software is opened the program compatibility troubleshooter runs in the background and automatically opens if it detects known program issues. It then changes compatibility settings to make the software work with Windows 7. However,.
There are thousands of older software titles and not all of them are recognized automatically To use the troubleshooter manually click quot;Startquot; and then click quot;Control Panelquot;. quot;Programsquot;, click quot;Run programs made for previous versions of Windowsquot; The program compatibility troubleshooter opens. quot;nextquot;.
A progress bar displays as the troubleshooter detects issues with the program. Highlight the program you wish to troubleshoot and click quot;Nextquot;. Select the quot;Try recommended settingsquot; option. Start the program to see if the new settings have fixed the problem. If the problem is fixed close the program and return to the program compatibility window to save the settings for this program. If your older software is still not working correctly select quot;No, try again.
Using different settingsquot;. Select the problems that applied to the program. Make your selections, click quot;Nextquot; and follow the onscreen instructions. Select theversion of windows the program worked on before. Select the display problems you notice. From the test compatibility settings screen click quot;Start the programquot;. If your software is still not running properly it is probably incompatible with Windows 7 and may need to be replaced with a version that is compatible.
If you note that in installed program worked correctly on an earlier version of Windows you can select a compatibility mode in which to run the program. For example, if you know the program worked correctly in Windows XP service pack 3 select that option to make the program always run in that mode Caution don’t use this on older antivirus programs, disk utilities, or.
Other system programs. Doing this could cause data loss or create a security risk. To open the compatibility mode feature click quot;startquot; and then quot;All Programsquot;. Rightclick the name of the program and select quot;Propertiesquot;. the compatibility tab. Check the quot;Run this program in compatibility mode for:quot; option.
And then select their version of Windows that is compatible with the software. quot;OKquot; Windows 7 will now always run the program in the version of windows you’ve selected. If your software is still not running properly it is probably incompatible with Windows 7 and may need to be replaced with a version that is compatible. Microsoft provides a Windows 7 compatibility center site where you can browse.