Tricking Your Older Applications
Some older applications will not work with XP, however you may apply a trick to get them to work. Just follow these steps for example:
- Right-Click the application .EXE or .COM file, or a shortcut to the file, and then click the Properties command.
- In the Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab.
- Put a checkmark in the Run this program in compatibility mode for check box. Then click the down-arrow and pick your operating system. If your program was written for Windows 3.1, you are out of luck. The only types that XP supports are: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT (Service Pack 5), and Windows 2000. Note: By selecting Windows 95, you should be able to run most older programs.
- Click Apply and then click OK.
You also have a customize button to manually change various settings, but you should find by using Windows 95 compatibility you will retain a greater compatibility for older applications.
This tip has been extracted from WinXP News dated 12 December 2001.
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