Luckily, running old programs on unsupported Windows versions does not need to be difficult. There is a way to run older programs on newer operating systems by taking advantage of Window's built-in compatibility mode feature. This process involves forcing a program to behave as if it were running on an older operating system by default.
Running Old Programs on Unsupported Windows Versions
- Right-click on the name of the program and select "Properties".
- In the program Properties box, click on the "Compatibility" tab.
- Under the Compatibility Mode section, check the box next to "Run this program in compatibility mode for:", then select the appropriate operating system from the drop down menu.
- NOTE: Different programs will have different versions of operating systems available to select from.
- If more than one user is using the program on the same device, click the box to "Change settings for all users".
- Click "OK" to save and apply this setting.
Older programs are often necessary for business continuity. At times older programs are easier to use because we are more familiar with them or they support features we still need and cannot otherwise replace. Setting a program to run in compatibility mode with an older operating system is simple and allows the luxury of moving on to better hardware while continuing to use favorite and/or necessary programs.
As always, technology moves on, but in this case, programs do not have to!