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Old Programs Wont Run

Windows has come a long way since its earlier versions but, inevitably, compatibility problems arise with many programs and video games which were designed for earlier versions of Windows. If you find that a program refuses to run, there is usually a way to overcome the problem. Consider the following options before you lose hope.

1 - Use Compatibility Mode
Conveniently, Windows 7 provides a compatibility mode option which is designed to help you run programs designed for previous versions of the operating system, such as Windows 98 or Windows XP. Unfortunately, it doesn't work a great deal of the time. Nonetheless, it's worth trying out in the first instance.
To use compatibility mode, right-click on the application or the shortcut to it in the start menu and click "Properties." Open the "Compatibility" tab. Check the box "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and choose the operating system which the program was designed for. You can also experiment with the other options if you don't have any luck with this one. Click "OK" to continue.

2 - Get an Updated Version of the Program
The problem may be that you're simply trying to run an old version of the program when there's a newer one available. Search on the Internet for the program and find out whether it's still in active development. If it is, there will most likely be a new version which is compatible with Windows 7. Download and install the new version and see if it works.

3 - Check if You Need a 32- or 64-bit Version of the Program
You cannot run or install a 64-bit program on a 32-bit operating system. There's simply no way of getting around this. You'll need to ensure that you have a 32-bit version of the program if you're running a 32-bit operating system. Likewise, a 16-bit application from the Windows 3.1 era will not run on a 64-bit version of Windows, although it will usually run on 32-bit editions. If you're trying to run 16-bit program in a 64-bit operating system, you'll need to use an emulator or virtual machine.


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