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Where is the Vista Program Compatibility Wizard?

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Stan Kay

#1
I know how to run the Vista Compatibility Wizard but have no idea about the
name of its .exe file or where it is located. Can anyone please enlighten
me?
 

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Rick Rogers

#2
Hi,

The name of which .exe? The program compatibility wizard or the program you
are trying to run?

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

"Stan Kay" <stan.kay@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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>I know how to run the Vista Compatibility Wizard but have no idea about the
>name of its .exe file or where it is located. Can anyone please enlighten
>me?
 

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dean-dean

#3
If you go to Control Panel (not Classic View), and click on Programs, under
Programs and Features, there's a link called "Use an older program with this
version of Windows". Click on that. Or type Program Compatibility Wizard
in Help and Support's search box.

"Stan Kay" <stan.kay@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
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>I know how to run the Vista Compatibility Wizard but have no idea about the
>name of its .exe file or where it is located. Can anyone please enlighten
>me?
 

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Andrew McLaren

#4
"Stan Kay" <stan.kay@ntlworld.com> wrote in ...
>I know how to run the Vista Compatibility Wizard but have no idea about the
>name of its .exe file or where it is located. Can anyone please enlighten


Hi Stan,

Like many system features, the Compatibility Wizard does not run from an EXE
file. It lives in acprgwiz.dll, in the System32 subdirectory.

So you cannot lauch it interactively, like you would for say, Notepad.exe or
Winword.exe. To run the Program Compatibility Wizard, go to Control Panel,
Programs and click on "Use an older program with this version of Windows".
That will launch the wizard.

If you really, really *must* laucnch the wizard from a command line, you
could try this command:

"C:\Windows\System32\mshta.exe"
res://C:\Windows\system32\acprgwiz.dll/compatmode.hta

However starting the Wizard manually like this is untested, unsupported, and
may cause baldness, crop failures, sterility and death.

Hope it helps,
--
Andrew McLaren
amclar (at) optusnet dot com dot au
 

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Stan Kay

#5
Andrew,

Your explanation is what I was looking for. Many thanks.

"Andrew McLaren" <andrew@fakeaddress.com> wrote in message
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> "Stan Kay" <stan.kay@ntlworld.com> wrote in ...
>>I know how to run the Vista Compatibility Wizard but have no idea about
>>the name of its .exe file or where it is located. Can anyone please
>>enlighten

>
> Hi Stan,
>
> Like many system features, the Compatibility Wizard does not run from an
> EXE file. It lives in acprgwiz.dll, in the System32 subdirectory.
>
> So you cannot lauch it interactively, like you would for say, Notepad.exe
> or Winword.exe. To run the Program Compatibility Wizard, go to Control
> Panel, Programs and click on "Use an older program with this version of
> Windows". That will launch the wizard.
>
> If you really, really *must* laucnch the wizard from a command line, you
> could try this command:
>
> "C:\Windows\System32\mshta.exe"
> res://C:\Windows\system32\acprgwiz.dll/compatmode.hta
>
> However starting the Wizard manually like this is untested, unsupported,
> and may cause baldness, crop failures, sterility and death.
>
> Hope it helps,
> --
> Andrew McLaren
> amclar (at) optusnet dot com dot au
>
 

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