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Hardware & Drivers Compatibility Mode

Brink

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mvp
Compatibility Mode How to Use Compatibility Mode in Vista
Compatibility mode is a feature in Vista that lets you run programs in Vista written for earlier versions of Windows. It is not a guarantee that it will work, but it may help the program run better or like normal
Published by Brink Category: Hardware & Drivers 
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How to Use Compatibility Mode in Vista
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Compatibility mode is a feature in Vista that lets you run programs in Vista written for earlier versions of Windows. It is not a guarantee that it will work, but it may help the program run better or like normal
How to Use Compatibility Mode in Vista


information   Information
Compatibility mode is a feature in Vista that lets you run programs in Vista written for earlier versions of Windows. It is not a guarantee that it will work, but it may help the program run better or like normal.
Note   Note
For the best possible result you should try running the installation program in compatibility mode also, then try running the program's shortcut or .exe file in compatibility mode after it is installed. Some programs may also require to use Run as Administrator (step 8 below).
warning   Warning

  • If you turned off User Account Control (UAC), then some programs will be required to use compatibility mode to run properly.
  • Do not use Compatibility mode on older antivirus programs, disk utilities, or other system programs, because it might cause data loss or create a security risk. These type of programs run to specifically for the Windows version they were made for.
Tip   Tip
To see if you hardware or software is listed as compatible with Vista, see: Windows Vista Compatibility Center




Here's How:
Tip   Tip
Some older programs may just need a updated version or patch installed before they will run properly in Vista.

1. Right click on the program's shortcut, .exe file, or installation program.​
2. Click on Properties.​
3. Click on the Compatibility tab.​
NOTE: If these options are grayed out, then you may be able to put the program in compatiblilty mode by adding it manually to the list.
4. To Have the Program Run in Compatibility Mode
A) Check the Run this program in compatibility mode for box. (See screenshot below)​
B) Continue to step 5.​
Compatibility.jpg


5. Settings Section
NOTE: On some older applications, it may be necessary to select and try different combinations of these display setting options if the application still does not quite run properly. (See the screenshot above).​
6. To Select or Change a Compatibility Mode for the Program
A) Click on the drop down menu arrow and select which version of Windows the program was made for. (See screenshot below step 10)​
NOTE: Always pick the latest Windows version the program was made for to have a better chance of it running in Vista.
B) Go to Step 8.​

7. To Remove the Program from Running in Compatibility Mode
A) Uncheck the Run this program in compatibility mode for box. (See screenshot below step 10)​
B) Go to step 10.​

8. To Have the Program Run as Administrator
NOTE: On some older programs and installation files, it may be required for them to Run as administrator for it run properly. This is usually due to the fact that the older program was not designed for the UAC permission approval in Vista. Test running the program without using this first.​
A) Check the Run this program as an administrator box. (See screenshot below step 10)​
B) Go to step 10.​

9. To Stop the Program from Running as Administrator
A) Uncheck the Run this program as an administrator box. (See screenshot below step 10)​

10. Click on OK to apply and close window.​
Compatibilty mode.jpg

11. Now try and run the program to see if it will run properly.​
NOTE: If it does not run properly, then try another compatibility mode setting.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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Dwarf

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#2
Hi Shawn,

In addition to the information in your tutorial, it may also be necessary to try enabling and disabling various combinations of the options under the 'Settings' section if a program doesn't quite run correctly.
Dwarf
 

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Brink

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#3
Thank you Dwarf. It has been added.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone

Dwarf

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#4
You're welcome.
 

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    Intel Core-i5-3570K 4-core @ 3.4GHz (Ivy Bridge) (OC 4.2GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M
    Memory
    4 x 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B (16GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GeForce GTX770 Gaming OC 2GB
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition on board solution (ALC 898)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic VA1912w Widescreen
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Agility 3 120GB SATA III x2 (RAID 0)
    Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA II x2
    Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 1TB SATA II
    Iomega 1.5TB Ext USB 2.0
    WD 2.0TB Ext USB 3.0
    PSU
    XFX Pro Series 850W Semi-Modular
    Case
    Gigabyte IF233
    Cooling
    1 x 120mm Front Inlet 1 x 120mm Rear Exhaust
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 3000 (USB)
    Mouse
    Microsoft Comfort Mouse 3000 for Business (USB)
    Internet Speed
    NetGear DG834Gv3 ADSL Modem/Router (Ethernet) ~4.0 Mb/s (O2)
    Other Info
    Optical Drive: HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH10LS30 SATA Bluray
    Lexmark S305 Printer/Scanner/Copier (USB)
    WEI Score: 8.1/8.1/8.5/8.5/8.25
    Asus Eee PC 1011PX Netbook (Windows 7 x86 Starter)