Setting compatibility options manually

Rather than using the Program Compatibility Wizard, you can manually configure compatibility settings. This is handy if you want to edit the settings after you configured them using the wizard. Complete the following steps:

1. Right-click the program's shortcut icon and then select Properties. Select the Compatibility tab, as shown in Figure 4-5. You cannot run programs that are part of the Windows 7 operating system in compatibility mode. Because of this, the options are unavailable for built-in programs.

2. By default, the compatibility options you select will apply only to the selected application shortcut. To apply the setting to all users on the computer and regardless of which shortcut is used to start the application, click "Change settings for all users" to display the Properties dialog box for the application's .exe file and then select the compatibility settings that you want to use for all users who log on to the computer.

3. Select the "Run this program in compatibility mode for" checkbox and then use the selection menu to choose the operating system for which the program is designed.

4. Optionally, use the options in the Settings panel to restrict the video display settings for the program. Select 256 colors, 640 x 480 screen resolution, or both, as required.

5. Optionally, disable themes, desktop compositing, display scaling on high-dpi settings, or all three, as required.

6. Select the "Run as administrator" checkbox if the program requires elevated permissions to function correctly. Do not use this option for programs you do not trust.

7. Click OK. Double-click the shortcut to run the program and test the compatibility settings. If you still have problems running the program, you might need to modify the compatibility settings again, contact the software developer for an updated version, or try running it under Windows XP Mode (for more information on Windows XP Mode, see "Running Applications in Windows XP Mode" on page 123).

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