Compatibility Mode List of Programs

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How to See and Change the List of Programs in Compatibility Mode in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to see a list of all the installed programs you have in Compatibility Mode and what they are set on without having to go to each individual program. You can then manually change, add, or remove a installed program from running in Compatibility Mode.
How to See and Change the List of Programs in Compatibility Mode in Vista

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This will show you how to see a list of all the installed programs you have in Compatibility Mode and what they are set on without having to go to each individual program. You can then manually change, add, or remove a installed program from running in Compatibility Mode if the normal method in the NOTE below does not allow you.
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You should first try to add or remove a program from Compatibilty Mode normally. There is no guarantee that putting a program in compatibility mode will allow it to work properly.
Tip   Tip
To check and see if your hardware or software is compatible with Vista, see: Windows Vista Compatibility Center




Here's How:
1. Open the Start Menu.
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5)
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
5. To Have a Program Run in Compatibility Mode
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New, then on String Value. (See screenshot below table)​
C) Type in the full path of the program's exe file and press Enter.​
D) In the right pane, right click on the full path and click Modify.​
E) Type in a Compatibility Mode Data value (see table below) you want below, and click on OK.​

Compatibility Mode

Data Value

Run as Administrator

RUNASADMIN

Windows 95 Mode

WIN95

Windows 98 / Windows Me Mode

WIN98

Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5) Mode

NT4SP5

Windows 2000

WIN2000

Windows XP (Service Pack 2) Mode

WINXPSP2

Windows Server 2003 (Service Pack 1)

WINSRV03SP1

Cmode.jpg


6. To Remove a Program from Running in Compatibility Mode
A) In the right pane, right click on the full path Name and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.​

7. Close regedit when done.​
NOTE: Some programs may require you to restart the computer for this to be applied.​
That's it,
Shawn




 
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Shawn Brink

Comments

Updated 11-24-07 to include how to manually add a program to the Compatibility Mode program list. Also, updated the available Compatibility Modes.

Shawn
 
I'm thinking there's a typo in the instructions. You're showing the registry path as HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\
AppCompatFlags\Layers.

I think this should be shown as
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
AppCompatFlags\Layers (note the space between Windows and NT)

It looks correct in the screen capture.

By the way, I had searched for hours for a way to set compatibility mode during installation of a program. After finding this explanation, it was a piece of cake. Thanks for taking the time to post this.
 
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