How to Install / Run a Program / Game in Compatibility Mode in Windows 10

By | October 16, 2017


Microsoft’s most recent update to the popular Windows Operating System is Windows 10 which offers a variety of features and a whole new user interface compare to the older versions of Windows Operating Systems. If we talk about the software and programs, there are some apps and programs which don’t work with the latest Windows 10 and for that reason, you have to use the compatibility mode which is available in Windows 10 OS. Let’s see how can we make use of this mode in Windows 10 OS. 

Administrative access is the most important thing to install any app or software or program to a Windows PC. If you are trying to install older apps and software to the latest Windows PCs, then you have to start the PC with Administrative Access. This way you can simply install any older software or program to your new Windows 10 PC.

Apps of Windows XP are designed with codes that recognises the administration permissions and for that very reason, people who have upgraded their Windows PCs with the latest Windows 10 Operating System, need to start the PC with Administrator.

If for some reason, an older application or software doesn’t work properly on your Windows 10 PC, you can simply right click on to the icon of that particular software or app and can select Run as administrator option to launch that app in a Windows 10 system without any interruptions. You can even does the same thing to a setup file of that app or software having a .exe file extension. This is the most simplest thing you can do in order to install an older app or software to a Windows 10 system.

However, Windows 10 system has a variety of features which you can use to make the most of it. There are many functions which are there to offer the best of User Interface with which you are completely familiar with. The same area is here in Windows 10 which is called Compatibility Mode. You can use this mode to launch older apps and software to Windows 10 system.



Make use of Compatibility Mode in Windows 10

There is a special mode available in Windows systems to use older applications to make them functional on the latest editions of Windows Operating Systems. You don’t have to download a latest version of a particular application or purchase it again for the latest edition, just make use of the Compatibility Mode which is there in your Windows 10 system.

In order to start using the Compatibility function in your Windows 10 system, you need to follow a few simple steps in your Windows system. Following steps will guide you to open a particular app in an updated Windows PC. Let’s get on to the guidelines right now!

Step 1 :

Just select the Start Menu in your Windows 10 system which is there at the lower left corner of the system.



Step 2 :

Now, right click on to the shortcut and select Open file location option from the menu appeared after right clicking.

Step 3 :

After getting the exact location of that particular shortcut or app, right click on to it a new context menu will be presented to you. From this menu, you need to select the Properties option.

Step 4 :

Here in the Compatibility menu, you could see Compatibility option along with a few other useful options. Kindly select the Compatibility option from here.



Step 5 :

Once you select the Compatibility option, you could see a few other options. From here, you can select Run compatibility troubleshooter option or can adjust things according to yourself and your requirements.

Step 6 :

In the Compatibility Mode section, you can choose the program which is working fine in an older version of Windows system. Select the Windows system version which is working fine in an older version of Windows from the dropdown menu.

Since you can see a few other options in the Compatibility section in your system, you can give them a try as well. You can make use of each of the given option here to work with the older applications and software which don’t work properly in your Windows 10 system. So make use of the options and you will be good to go with this compatibility mode in Windows 10 Operating System.

If you find the above steps or procedure lengthy, you can simply search for the Compatibility Troubleshooter in your Windows 10 start menu. Just click the Start Menu and search for the run programs and then select the Compatibility Troubleshooter option to launch the same option mentioned above.

If you are confused about the available options in the Compatibility Troubleshooter section, then you don’t have to be worried about them. They will not affect on the User Interface of your current system and it will not make changes to any other app or software which are already working fine in your system.