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How do I install a Windows XP-only compatible program in Windows 7? Can I use Windows XP compatibility mode?

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  1. Right-click on the executable and select Properties and go to the Compatability tab. Select the option to run it in XP compatability mode.

    Compatibility mode

  2. If you have Windows 7 Professional or better, you can try running it in XP-mode.

  3. If you don't have the Professional version or for some other reason can't use XP-mode, but have a non-OEM Windows disk lying around, you can download the free VirtualBox and use it through that. Unfortunately, it's not quite as seamless as Virtual PC.
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Most (not all) programs work just fine in a new version of Windows. The gray area is when you get into hardware or very specific in depth windows operations. The the more expensive versions of Win 7 comes with an XP virtual machine that make sure that programs run good.

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