Most programs that were created for earlier versions of Windows will work in the most recent version of Windows 10, but some older programs might run poorly or not at all. To detect and fix some of the most common issues with older programs, run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, or try manually changing the settings.
To run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter:
- In the search box on the taskbar, enter the name of the affected program. Then, press and hold (or right-click) the search result, and select Open file location.
- Press and hold (or right-click) the program, select Properties, and then select the Compatibility table.
- Select Run compatibility troubleshooter. (Because DPI scaling issues are not resolved by the troubleshooter, see the "Change high DPI settings" section of the table below for other options.)
If you’re still experiencing compatibility problems, adjust one or more of the settings from the following table, and then select OK when you’re done.
|Compatibility mode||Runs the program using settings from an earlier version of Windows. Try this setting if you know the program is designed for (or worked with) a specific version of Windows.|
|Reduced color mode||Uses a limited set of colors in the program. Some older programs are designed to use fewer colors.|
|Run in 640 × 480 screen resolution||Try this setting if the graphics for the program appear jagged or are rendered incorrectly.|
|Change high DPI settings|| |
If your program isn't displayed correctly on a PC with a high-DPI display (its features are blurry or are too big or too small), select Change high DPI settings, and then try one of the following options in the Properties dialog box:
Choose which DPI to use
Change the application's high-DPI scaling mode
In the High DPI scaling override area, select the Override high DPI scaling behavior check box, and then try one of the following options:
|Run this program as an administrator||Some programs require administrator permissions to run correctly. If you aren't signed in to your PC as an administrator, this option is unavailable.|
|Change settings for all users||Apply the settings for that program to all accounts on the PC, and select |
Change settings for all users. You might be prompted for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
- To check which version and build of Windows you're running, type winver in the search box on the taskbar, and then press Enter.
- If you experience printer or scanner problems after you upgrade to Windows 10 (or to a later build of Windows 10 through Windows Update), see Fix printer problems after updating or upgrading to Windows 10.
- If you experience Bluetooth problems after a Windows 10 upgrade, see Fix Bluetooth problems in Windows 10.