Using Older Programs with Windows

If you try to install a program with a known compatibility issue, Windows 7 warns you and opens the Program Compatibility Assistant to help you resolve the problem. Sometimes, however, a program won't install or will install but won't run, and you won't know why. To get the program to install or run, you'll need to adjust its compatibility settings, and Windows 7 provides two ways of doing this:

• Using the Program Compatibility Wizard to configure compatibility settings for you

• Editing a program's compatibility settings yourself

Although both techniques work the same way, the Program Compatibility Wizard is the only way you can change compatibility settings for programs that are on shared network drives, CD or DVD drives, or other types of removable media drives. The capability to work with various types of media allows the Program Compatibility Wizard to install programs that otherwise would not install.

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