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HP Notebook PCs - Compatibility Problems with Older Software Applications and Games in Windows Vista

This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows Vista.

Understanding backwards compatibility issues

Most programs that were written for Windows XP will also work in Windows Vista, but some older programs might run poorly, or not at all. Always make sure that your software has the latest patches and updates installed (most software manufacturers provide these on their websites) before running your programs in Windows Vista. Microsoft provides two utilities to improve compatibility of older programs with the newer operating system.
  • The Program Compatibility Assistant automatically launches itself after running and exiting an older program - assuming it finds a problem.
  • You may use the Program Compatibility Wizard to emulate the behavior of earlier versions of Windows, allowing the program to run correctly.
If you have all of the latest updates, and the Program Compatibility Wizard does not allow you to run your software in emulated mode, you may need to buy a new, updated copy of the software, specifically designed to run in Windows Vista. Contact the software vendor for more details.

Change the operating system emulation with Program Compatibility Wizard

You can use the Program Compatibility Wizard to allow Windows 7 or Vista to run a program that was not designed for Windows 7 or Vista by emulating a previous version of Windows . To launch the Program Compatibility Wizard, follow the steps below.
  1. Click Start, enter compatibility, and select Run programs made for previous versions of windows from the list.
  2. When the Program Compatibility window opens, click Next to manually troubleshoot and prevent computer problems or click Advanced to detect and fix problems automatically. Grant permission to run as administrator if prompted.
  3. Select the program you're having problems, clickNext and then follow on screen instructions.
The program is now set to run in Compatibility mode.

See also

For more information about the Compatibility Assistant and the Program Compatibility Wizard, search for Compatibility on the Microsoft website (www.microsoft.com) or search for the same term in the in-depth Microsoft help topics that are available on your hard drive in the Help and Support application.

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