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Vista Program Compatibility

Friday, June 1st, 2007 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Vista Program Compatibility

I’m going to take a guess and bet that most of you who have upgraded to Windows Vista are having a little trouble getting your older programs to work. Am I right? You know, programs that worked fine for you with Windows XP (or even older versions of Windows) just don’t work so well anymore. So, is there anything you can do to get the programs you love back up and running with your new Vista PC?

Well, as a matter of fact, there is. Microsoft is good at making sure all of that is covered. They have integrated what is called a Program Compatibility Wizard into Vista. So, if you have an older program that is not working with the new operating system, you can run it through this wizard to simulate earlier versions of Windows to try and get it to work again. To get to the wizard, just go to Start, Control Panel and click on Programs. Next, click on the option that says “Use an older program with this version of Windows” and the wizard will open.

You can then just go through the steps and see if the program will actually work with Vista. Now, most of the programs that worked with XP also work with Vista, but you may have some trouble with a lot of the older programs. Also, you shouldn’t use the wizard with any older antivirus programs, disk utilities or other system programs. Doing that could cause some security holes or even data loss. So, if you feel like you’re in a rut with getting your programs to work with your new Vista computer, give this wizard a try. You never know what it could do for you!

~ Erin

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