Most programs created for earlier versions of Windows will work in this version of Windows, but some older programs might run poorly or not at all. Running the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter should automatically detect and fix some of the most common issues. If that doesn’t work, try changing the settings manually. The following table should help you figure out which setting to adjust.
- Type the name of the program in the search box on the taskbar, right-click the search result, and then select Open file location.
- Right-click the program, select Properties, and then select the Compatibility tab.
- First, select Run compatibility troubleshooter to run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter. (Note that DPI scaling issues won’t be resolved with the troubleshooter, so refer to the table below for other options.)
- If you’re still experiencing compatibility problems, adjust one or more of the following settings and select OK when you’re done.
|Compatibility mode||Runs the program using settings from a previous 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 improperly.|
|Override high DPI display scaling behavior|| If your program doesn’t appear correctly on a PC with a high DPI display (appearing blurry or in the incorrect size), try one of the following options: |
|Run this program as an administrator||Some programs require administrator privileges to run properly. 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, select |
Change settings for all users. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
Article ID: 15078 - Last Review: Apr 11, 2017 - Revision: 34