How To: Solve Compatibility Problems in Windows 7

Compatibility issue is always been problem, especially when a new operating comes out with new hype. It was a nightmare for many Vista users, even forced many Vista users to switch back to XP to run their favorite programs and games.


It seems Microsoft has learnt the lesson from Vista compatibility woes as they have introduced a new Wizard to solve compatibility issues in Windows 7. No more such nightmares in Windows 7 as you have Windows Program Compatibility troubleshooter.


To run Windows Compatibility Troubleshooter wizard, type in Action Center in Start menu search box and hit enter. Then in the left pane of the Action Center, click on the link labeled Windows Compatibility Troubleshooter to start the troubleshooting wizard.


No more such nightmares in Windows 7, thanks to Windows Program Compatibility wizard that assists to solve most of the Windows compatibility issues.

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The first thing to do when you start Windows Compatibility Troubleshooter, is to select between Advanced and normal mode to proceed further. Though Program Compatibility wizard starts with basic mode by default, it’s good to select advanced options at the lower bottom of the Windows to get more troubleshooting problems.


Put a tick in the “Advanced options” box. Once you are done, you can simply click the Next button and wait till Windows generate a list of programs after completing the scanning process.

Program compatibility in Windows 7

If the program is not listed in the generated list, then you need to select “not listed” to continue. Click the browse button in the new box and browse to the .exe of the installed software(Generally, C:\Program Files).


Click Next and choose the appropriate problem from the available list. Windows will try to fix the issue and will give the result in few seconds. Again, if your woes still exist, select “try will different settings” to repeat the procedure with other possible issues.


Alternatively, you can also choose  the shortcut method to solve your problems.

*Right click on the installer of the program and select “Properties”.

*Navigate to the “Compatibility” tab.

*Now, enable the option named “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”, and choose the operating system as “Windows Vista”.

*Click “Apply”.

*Run the installer to install the software.



  1. Craig says

    Windows compatibility issues are chronic! Vista, 7; I won’t try 8. Nothing good from Windows since XP Pro. Dustbin of history!!!

  2. Steven Slaughter says

    The suggestions simply don’t work. I have a program that installs and works fine in Vista, XP Service 1. The problem is that it won’t work in 64bit mode and the compatibility suggestions can’t cope. Windows Ultimate in XP mode will work but even then the 64bit and the 32bit platforms can’t talk to each other so there is no hope of integrating a schedule of work. So RUBBISH to Microsoft!

  3. vivienna says

    my program run well in windows XP,windows Vista, window server 2003,2008, but when i install in window7, my application screen take very long time to close, sometimes not responding, Does anyone have a fix for this issue ?

  4. chris says

    iv had trouble tryin to run macromedia flash 8 and tried to run it on windows 7, iv changed the compatibility to windows xp an still there iz no change, and iv tried to trouble shoot it via the advice here, no change….sounds like a load of crap to me, iv tried it with several programs now.

  5. Phalla says

    I’ve compatibility issue between window7 and Kaspersky antivirus and I use kaspersky internet security 7.0. Plz help me solve this problem.

  6. Swapnil says

    Thanks a tonne…

    i was facing problem opening AutoCad 2007 in windows 7.

    Thanx for the guidance its resolved now and Im using Autocad 2007 in window 7.


  7. Roger Struss says

    I bought a windows 7 equipped pc and now found out that the Pantech um175 wireless connector is not compatible with Windows 7. Does anyone have a fix for this compatibility issue
    ? Thanks for your time.

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