A reader wants to know if Windows 10 offers anything similar to compatibility mode in Windows 7, Vista, and XP.

“Has Windows 10 come up with anything like Compatibility? I have a game I used to play on XP using compatibility mode.”

Windows 10 does offer a compatibility troubleshooter that can help you run some older programs. Start by opening File Explorer and choosing Programs.  Select your hard drive (in this case C:) and then double-click on Program Files.

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Find the program you want to run. Make sure it’s the actual program file. So look under Type for Application.

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Right-click on the program and choose Troubleshoot compatibility form the menu that pops up.

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The Troubleshooter will look for problems.

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You can choose to test run the program with suggested compatibility settings or to troubleshoot the program and explain in more detail what your issues are.

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Answer questions based on what you’re experiencing.

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For example, if a program worked in Windows 7 but doesn’t work in Windows 10.

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You’ll be offered the option to test-run a program with changes to the settings.

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If these changes don’t help, you could also use an emulator program that allows you to run your program in a virtual environment that duplicates a previous operating system like Windows 7 or XP.  Learn more by checking out Virtual Box by clicking here.