Windows XP Compatibility Mode – XP Mode – Virtual PC for Win7
Windows 7 does not allow to run all the programs, software at PC. There are compatibility issues. But still you can run any program / software at Windows 7 regardless of compatibility issues. Whether the software is compatible with Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows XP (SP2), Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista – it will run at Windows 7. This is where Windows XP compatibility mode comes in handy. And its a built-in feature in Windows 7. You can choose to run any program under its compatibility mode according to Windows version requirement.
If any software is not getting installed in Windows 7 then either you are not running it as an administrator or its not compatible with Windows 7 and you need to run it under its compatibility mode.
Program compatibility is a mode in Windows that lets you run programs written for earlier versions of Windows. Most programs written for Windows Vista also work in Windows 7, but some older programs might run poorly or not run at all.
If an older program doesn’t run correctly, the first, and easiest, thing to try is the Program Compatibility troubleshooter. It can automatically detect and fix common problems that prevent older programs from installing or running correctly.
Open the Program Compatibility troubleshooter by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under Programs, click Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.
Windows XP Compatibility Mode
Right click any software or exe.
Click compatibility tab.
Check the box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for‘.
Select the Windows version from drop down list.
Hit apply. Hit Ok.
From there you can also choose to ‘Run program as an administrator‘.
You can also download Windows XP Mode.
Windows XP Mode – Windows Virual PC
The Windows XP Mode lets you run older Windows XP business software right on your Windows 7 desktop. This feature is designed primarily with small- and medium-sized businesses in mind. Windows XP Mode comes as a separate download and works only with Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. Windows XP Mode also requires virtualization software such as Windows Virtual PC. Both are available free on the Microsoft website.