Run Apps in Compatibility Mode in Windows 10

Sophie Luo, in Technical Tips Tags: Windows 10

If you’re on Windows 10 and you want to use a slightly older version of a program in your new version, and you see the error message telling you that you cannot do so, you’re not alone. But no worries, it’s possible to fix. 

In this tutorial, you will see 2 methods as to how to make the older version of your software run well on your Windows 10 computer. 

Method 1: Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

There is a built-in tool in Windows called Program Compatibility Troubleshooter that can fix the incompatibility problem. 

1) In the task bar search box, type run program in the box, then click Run Program made for previous versions of Windows



2) Click Next.



3) Wait for a couple of seconds. 



4) Select from the list of the software that is having the compatibility problem and click Next.



5) In the Select troubleshooting option panel, you could choose Try recommended settings.  



Then the system will help you deal with the problem automatically. 



6) If you choose Troubleshoot program in Select troubleshooting option panel. 



Then you will be lead to this page. Choose one of the four options that fits your situation and let Windows do the rest for you. 

If you have more than one older software that are having the incompatibility problem, you might need to repeat this procedure more than once. 

Method Two: Change Compatibility Mode Setting

Alternatively, you could go to the application’s properties to change the compatibility mode settings so as to make the program work. 

1) Right-click the specific application and click Properties

2) Go to Compatibility tab, then check the box next to Run this program in compatibility mode for: 



3) Select the version of Windows to use for your application in the drop-down box. 



4) Click Apply and OK to save the change. 

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  • Ann Monc

    I m having the same problem with Tomtom Golive 825 sat nav using windows 10 it worked OK previously

  • Augustas Dranseika

    It does not help. It only says that my app is incompatable and that’s it. There’s no tab in properties to make other compatibility options.

  • Masroor

    hey man thanks a lot for this! helped a lot!

  • Ade

    Informative