Compatibility Mode and Standard Drivers

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Tutorials' started by cybercore, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. cybercore

    cybercore New Member

    Jul 7, 2009
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    One of the things you may discover is that not all of your older programs/games/drivers will work under 7, and their 7 compliant versions may not be availabe. In this case, you can try install and run them in Vista (or XP) compatible mode. To run a file in compatibility mode:

    1. Right click on the executable file and click the "Properties" option

    2. Select the "Compatibility tab"

    3. From the drop-down menu, choose the operating system to run your file compatible with

    4. Click OK

    5. Run it


    "Compatibility" tab explained by Microsoft


    If compatibility mode does not help, you can try force windows to use the standard device drivers:

    1. In Device Manager, right-click your device (e.g. video adapter), and then click "Uninstall" to remove the device.

    2. Restart your computer. After you log on, you receive a "New Hardware Found" dialog box with the device listed as the description and the "Found New Hardware Wizard" starts

    3. Click "Next" to start the wizard

    4. Click "search for suitable driver", and then click "Next"

    5. Click to clear all of the search option check boxes, and then click "Next"

    This way windows can install a standard driver for hardware like VGA, fax modem, printer, etc.


    How to force Windows to use a standard VGA compatible driver
  2. MarshallMathers

    MarshallMathers New Member

    Feb 9, 2010
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    I have windows vista.

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