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  • can i run an older program on my XP????
    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:57 AM

Answers

  • Yes u can. This taken from the help and support center of Microsoft:

    Getting older programs to run on Windows XP

    Most programs run properly on Windows XP. The exceptions are some older games and other programs that were written specifically for an earlier version of Windows. To run your program on Windows XP, try the following:

    1. Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. As an alternative, you can set the compatibility properties manually.
    2. Update your program, drivers, or hardware.

    These options are covered in detail below.

    The Program Compatibility Wizard

    This wizard prompts you to test your program in different modes (environments) and with various settings. For example, if the program was originally designed to run on Windows 95, set the compatibility mode to Windows 95 and try running your program again. If successful, the program will start in that mode each time. The wizard also allows you to try different settings, such as switching the display to 256 colors and the screen resolution to 640 x 480 pixels.

    If compatibility problems prevent you from installing a program on Windows XP, run the Program Compatibility Wizard on the setup file for the program. The file might be called Setup.exe or something similar, and is probably located on the Installation disc for the program.

    To run the Program Compatibility Wizard

    1. Start the Program Compatibility Wizard.
    2. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

    Note

    • To start the Program Compatibility Wizard, click Start, click Help and Support, click Find compatible hardware and software for Windows XP, and then, under See Also in the navigation pane, click Program Compatibility Wizard.

    Set the compatibility properties manually

    As an alternative to running the Program Compatibility Wizard, you can set the compatibility properties for a program manually. The settings are the same as the options in the Program Compatibility Wizard.

    To set the compatibility properties for a program manually

    1. Right-click the program icon on your desktop or the shortcut on the Start menu for the program you want to run, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Compatibility tab, and change the compatibility settings for your program.

    Notes

    • The Compatibility tab is only available for programs installed on your hard drive. Although you can run the Program Compatibility Wizard on programs or setup files on a CD-ROM or floppy disk, your changes will not remain in effect after you close the program.
    • For more information about an option on the Compatibility tab, right-click the option and then click What's This.

    Update your program or drivers

    If your program does not run correctly after testing it with the Program Compatibility Wizard, check the Web for updates or other fixes, as follows:

    • Check the Web site of the program's manufacturer to see if an update is available.
    • Check Windows Update to see if a fix is available for the program. Click Home on the menu bar of Help and Support Center, then click Windows Update in the right pane.
    • If the program is a game that uses DirectX, ensure that you are using the latest version of DirectX. In addition, check the Web site of the manufacturer of your video card or sound card to see if newer drivers are available for either of them.

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:05 AM
  • yes u can do that.....the procedure is as follows

     

    1.Right–click the executable or the program shortcut to the executable, and then click Properties.

    2.Select the Run this program in compatibility mode check box.

    3.From the list, select an operating system that the program runs in comfortably.

    If necessary, also change the display settings and/or resolution, or disable the Windows XP visual themes.
    Run the program again when you’re finished changing the settings. Adjust the compatibility settings again if the program is still not running smoothly: a program that’s unhappy on Windows 2000 may flourish on Windows 98.

    I think this should solve the problem....hope it does...

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:40 PM

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  • Yes u can. This taken from the help and support center of Microsoft:

    Getting older programs to run on Windows XP

    Most programs run properly on Windows XP. The exceptions are some older games and other programs that were written specifically for an earlier version of Windows. To run your program on Windows XP, try the following:

    1. Run the Program Compatibility Wizard. As an alternative, you can set the compatibility properties manually.
    2. Update your program, drivers, or hardware.

    These options are covered in detail below.

    The Program Compatibility Wizard

    This wizard prompts you to test your program in different modes (environments) and with various settings. For example, if the program was originally designed to run on Windows 95, set the compatibility mode to Windows 95 and try running your program again. If successful, the program will start in that mode each time. The wizard also allows you to try different settings, such as switching the display to 256 colors and the screen resolution to 640 x 480 pixels.

    If compatibility problems prevent you from installing a program on Windows XP, run the Program Compatibility Wizard on the setup file for the program. The file might be called Setup.exe or something similar, and is probably located on the Installation disc for the program.

    To run the Program Compatibility Wizard

    1. Start the Program Compatibility Wizard.
    2. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

    Note

    • To start the Program Compatibility Wizard, click Start, click Help and Support, click Find compatible hardware and software for Windows XP, and then, under See Also in the navigation pane, click Program Compatibility Wizard.

    Set the compatibility properties manually

    As an alternative to running the Program Compatibility Wizard, you can set the compatibility properties for a program manually. The settings are the same as the options in the Program Compatibility Wizard.

    To set the compatibility properties for a program manually

    1. Right-click the program icon on your desktop or the shortcut on the Start menu for the program you want to run, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Compatibility tab, and change the compatibility settings for your program.

    Notes

    • The Compatibility tab is only available for programs installed on your hard drive. Although you can run the Program Compatibility Wizard on programs or setup files on a CD-ROM or floppy disk, your changes will not remain in effect after you close the program.
    • For more information about an option on the Compatibility tab, right-click the option and then click What's This.

    Update your program or drivers

    If your program does not run correctly after testing it with the Program Compatibility Wizard, check the Web for updates or other fixes, as follows:

    • Check the Web site of the program's manufacturer to see if an update is available.
    • Check Windows Update to see if a fix is available for the program. Click Home on the menu bar of Help and Support Center, then click Windows Update in the right pane.
    • If the program is a game that uses DirectX, ensure that you are using the latest version of DirectX. In addition, check the Web site of the manufacturer of your video card or sound card to see if newer drivers are available for either of them.

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:05 AM
  • go the executable file of the program you want to run

    then right click and select compatibility from the top and
    then tick run this program in option

    select the old windows version that you want your program to run
    also select the display setting from there

    Click OK your job is done
    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 12:50 PM
  • Install virtual computer s/w...

    then i think u can do tht...

     

    it is available on MS website

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:33 PM
  • yes u can do that.....the procedure is as follows

     

    1.Right–click the executable or the program shortcut to the executable, and then click Properties.

    2.Select the Run this program in compatibility mode check box.

    3.From the list, select an operating system that the program runs in comfortably.

    If necessary, also change the display settings and/or resolution, or disable the Windows XP visual themes.
    Run the program again when you’re finished changing the settings. Adjust the compatibility settings again if the program is still not running smoothly: a program that’s unhappy on Windows 2000 may flourish on Windows 98.

    I think this should solve the problem....hope it does...

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:40 PM