Windows 7 Compatibility Mode is designed to install and run applications or drivers written for earlier versions of the OS, such as Windows Vista, Windows XP, etc.

We recommend that you check the update program or a driver on the manufacturer's website. If the version for Windows 7 is not present, you can try to install and run the program in compatibility mode (or driver) designed for Windows Vista or Windows XP. Just specify that a program running in this way may not work properly or not work at all, but for lack of better options, try to use it.

Attention! Do not use a compatibility mode for the system programs, such as antivirus, tools for working with disks, tweakers, chistilki, etc., it may damage the system.

  • Install or run the application by using the troubleshoot program compatibility
  • Changing the compatibility settings manually

Install or run the application by using the troubleshoot program compatibility

Click on the icon or application on the installation file (setup.exe, install.exe, etc.) on the right mouse button and select " Fix Compatibility Problems ":

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Select " Diagnostics program ":

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Put the check boxes and click " Next ":

All parameters are similar to the settings in manual setting.

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Select the version of Windows in which the program works:

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Click " Run " and make sure that the program works, then " Next ":

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If the application is running, select " Yes, save these settings for the program ."

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If the error persists, click " No, I try to use the other options ."

Changing the compatibility settings manually

Click on the application icon or on the installation file (setup.exe, install.exe, etc.) on the right mouse button and select " Properties ":

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Click on the tab " Compatibility ".

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Note:  Files with MSI available only run in compatibility mode with previous versions of Windows.

Run this program in compatibility mode. Turn on this option if you know that the program is intended for a particular previous version of Windows (or worked in it):

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Set the parameters (if necessary):

Note: does not work for 64-bit applications.

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Parameter Description
Use 256 colors Limiting the color set in the program. Some older programs use a limited set of colors.
Use a screen resolution of 640 × 480 Run the program in a smaller window. Enable this setting if the graphical user interface has an uneven contour or reproduced incorrectly.
Disable visual design Disable themes in the program. Enable this option if you have problems with the menus or buttons on the title bar of the program.
Disable desktop composition Turning off transparency and other advanced display features. Enable this option, if the windows are moving erratically or other image problems.
Disable image scaling at high resolution screen Turn off automatic resizing of programs when you use a large font. Enable this option if large fonts violate appearance of the program.

Run this program as an administrator. For proper operation of some programs require administrator rights. This option is only available when you log in with an administrator account.

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Change settings for all users. Selection of parameters to be applied for all users of this computer.

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