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How to solve compatibility problem in Windows 7 using virtual machine

Updated on June 15, 2012

With the arrival of Windows 7 windows has made it`s mark on the software industry more strong which was faded by the failure of Windows vista to meet expectations. But now another problem comes in, Windows 7 cannot run most of the enterprise applications designed for WIndows XP. This hub discusses different ways to run all applications in Windows 7

Method One- Try changing compatibility options

Take properties of the program that you want to install. Check the box 'Run this program in compatibility mode for'. Now select the version of windows in which it successfully run in the drop down menu available below. After applying these property changes install the application.

If after installing you face some problems, you can select 'Run programs made for previous versions of windows' from control panel and list the applications that do not work properly in windows 7 and repair them. If even this method fails you have to try another method

Method 2

 The next easiest method is to try virtualization in windows 7. If you are using any version of Windows 7 other than home edition or home premium, you can use windows xp mode and windows virtual PC . But before using this make sure that you are using genuine version of Windows 7. Virtual XP mode will perform better if your hardware supports virtualization..

Because of two reasons you may be unable to use windows XP mode

1,You are using home edition of Windows 7

2. Your hardware does not support virtual PC

In both of these cases you can use virtualization softwares like virtual box , VM ware in combination with XP mode. Both are described in following links

How to use Virtual Box to use XP mode in windows 7

How to use VM ware to use XP mode in windows 7

XP mode installed inside windows 7  will be almost similar to your windows xp itself. You can install as many applications inside it as you like. Using this method you can use almost all applications that you can run in Windows XP as it is a version of windows xp running in windows 7

Even then if you feel that some applications you cannot run in it. You have to try the third method.

Method 3

This is nothing but installing another windows XP along with your Windows 7. This may lead to some complications during the initial installation. If you follow the instructions given in the link below everything will be fine


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    • vinner profile image

      vinner 6 years ago from India

      Thanks friend. If you are finding more compatibility problems remember to refer the links given in the article

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      thanks for the tips -- now to get my comp running smooth :-)