How to Install Programs in Windows 7 Using Windows Compatibility Mode for XP

By Michael Butler

Between Windows 7 and Windows XP, Microsoft made changes in how the operating system handles certain basic computer functions, such as user accounts and permissions. Programs designed for Windows XP may not operate properly because they do not know how to handle some functions in Windows 7. To get around this, Microsoft included a compatibility mode feature that runs the programs as if they were operating in the older version of Windows. You can even install programs in compatibility mode to make sure that you initially set them up correctly.

Step 1

Right-click on the executable file used to install the program, and select "Properties" from the menu.

Step 2

Click the "Compatibility" tab.

Step 3

Check the box next to "Run This Program in Compatibility Mode For." Choose "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)" from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Click "OK."

Step 5

Double-click the program's installation icon to install the program.