Running Programs With XP Compatibility In Vista

If you have upgraded to Windows Vista (or are thinking about it), you probably know some programs do not work correctly running natively in Vista. For these programs, you can configure them to run in Windows 2000/XP/2003 compatibility mode as a work around.

Here is how to do it:

1. Right click on a program shortcut and select Properties.

2. Go to the Compatibility tab.

3. Check the box “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”.

4. Select the OS in the drop down below. Usually Windows XP (Service Pack 2) is the best option.

5. You might also need to select “Run this program as an administrator” to allow appropriate file permissions. I would only recommend this if you experience problems while running in compatibility mode.

While this isn’t a 100% graceful solution. It is a viable “stop gap” for running programs which experience trouble inside of Windows Vista.