How to start the Program Compatibility Wizard in Windows Vista

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This article describes how to start the Program Compatibility Wizard. The Program Compatibility Wizard prompts you to test your program in different modes (environments) and with various settings.

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How to start the Program Compatibility Wizard
You can start the Program Compatibility Wizard by Help and Support, to start Program Compatibility Wizard, please follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and click Help and Support item in the start menu.
  2. On the Do you want to get the latest online content when you search help? notification window, click Yes button.
  3. In the Search Help textbox, type Compatibility, then press ENTER.
  4. In the Best 30 results for Compatibility, find and click the Start the Program Compatibility Wizard link.
  5. Then the Program Compatibility Wizard starts.
 
Also, you can start the Program Compatibility Wizard by command, to start Program Compatibility Wizard, please follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and in the Start Search box, type
    %systemroot%\System32\mshta.exe res://acprgwiz.dll/compatmode.hta
  2. Then the Program Compatibility Wizard starts.
 
If you want start the Program Compatibility Wizard quickly, you can create a shortcut for the Program Compatibility Wizard,
To create the shortcut, please follow these steps:
  1. Create a shortcut, right click on the desktop, then select the New on the pop up menu, then select Shortcut.
  2. Then Create Shortcut Wizard shows, in the Type the location of the item box, type
    %systemroot%\System32\mshta.exe res://acprgwiz.dll/compatmode.hta
  3. Click Next button, then input the name for this shortcut, for example:"Program Compatibility Wizard".
  4. Finish the Wizard.
 

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Article ID: 555917 - Last Review: April 22, 2007 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
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