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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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6.8. Run a Program in Compatibility Mode

If you are having trouble running an older program, you can customize the program's icon to run in compatibility mode so that it works properly under Windows 7. For best performance and stability, you should try wherever possible to run programs that were designed only for Windows 7.

This is not always practical, however, so it is likely that you have some older programs that came about prior to Windows 7. In most cases, those older programs should run without any problems under Windows 7. However, in some cases these older programs experience problems or fail to run in Windows 7.

The most common reason for such problems is that the older program was designed specifically to run under a particular operating ...

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