Compatibility refers to whether a particular piece of hardware or software will work with a system.

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What technical reason did Microsoft give for no Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP?

I have the belief that Internet Explorer 9 unable to run on Windows XP is really marketing. But I want to ask you if there really is a technical reason why Microsoft didn't release Internet Explorer 9 ...
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How does the “Compatibility Mode” in Windows work?

How does the Compatibility Mode in Windows work internally?
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What is the downside to Windows XP style DPI scaling in Windows 7

I recently just moved to Windows 7 and I noticed that many of my older third-party apps didn't look so good at the high DPI I had set (150dpi versus the typical 96dpi). After searching the web for ...
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Is it safe to use RAM sticks with different frequencies?

I have two RAM sticks: one 533 MHz and one 667 MHz. Is it safe to use both of these in the same system?
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How can I run a 32-bit app on 64-bit OSX 10.7.2?

I have an app that only exists a 32bit version. In order to use it, I used to press 2 & 3 together before booting the Mac, so it'll run in 32bit mode. However, some apps (64bit version that ...
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Why is wine “not an emulator”?

Isn't the difference between Windows apps and Linux apps just libraries asked by applications running? (see previous question) How is possible then to make Windows applications running on a Linux ...
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Mah Jonng game on Archive.org from 1991 will not run

I am trying to download v3.5.1 on archive.org of Mah Jonng. I have no idea what is wrong with it but here is the error when I try to run it: Okay, this game is from 1991 and maybe it will not run ...
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What filesystem to use when using both Windows and Linux? [duplicate]

I will be buying a 2TB hard drive soon, and would like to use it as media storage. I would like to be able to read/write from both Windows (version 7, 64bit) and Ubuntu Linux, and I need support for ...
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How do I know my laptop is 64-bit compatible?

I recently plan to buy a new laptop to run a 64-bit OS, but a friend told me that my current laptop is already 64-bit. How can I verify if my laptop is ready to load a 64-bit OS or not? Here is the ...
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Visual Studio 2010 not compatible?

The Windows 8 upgrade setup says that Visual Studio 2010 would not be compatible, but that there is a solution available. What does 'not compatible' mean in this case? I had VS 2010 running in the ...
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Does Windows 7 run acceptably on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook?

Does Windows 7 live well on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook? It's hard for me to try before I buy at the moment, so any advice from those that are already running Windows 7 would be appreciated.
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which file type to install my virtual hard disk in while installing a new machine on virtualbox?

I got some options like VHD, VMDK, HDD, and VDI is there a file type that is most commonly used and is supported by most other virtual disk software?
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How to bypass Program Compatibility Assistant in Windows 8?

Short version How can I bypass the Program Compatibility Assistant that blocks some programs from installing? Long version I'm trying to install Acronis True Image Home 2011 on my Windows 8 Pro. ...
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Are USB cables device specific?

I have a dozen or so USB or USB to mini-USB cables lying around. It's annoying keeping track of what goes to what. Are they interchangeable or are they device specific? Does it change the answer if ...
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How can I set the compatibility mode for an executable from the command line?

Is there a way to set the compatibility with XP option (right click/properties/compatibility ... that one, yes :) to an executable from the command line? Or better yet, is there a way to set ...
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File is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running

I have a really old installer (legacy app) that we are trying to get running on a Windows 7 64 bit os. Previously it has only been installed on Windows XP 32 bit. I get the following error when I ...
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How to force high-dpi scaling?

How can i force an application to be high-dpi scaled? Pretend there is an application, who's developers manifested it as high-dpi aware, when it really isn't. How can i force dpi-scaling? Pretend ...
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Can I replace Windows with Wine?

I will buy a new computer and install Kubuntu on it. The only kind of software that I would run on Windows are PC games. Can I play most of Windows games without problems with Wine on Linux? If Wine ...
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Does Windows 8 Support 16-bit Programs?

With Vista and up, 64-bit versions of Windows no longer support 16-bit programs, but 32-bit versions can still run them. Windows 8 has changed a lot of things from even Windows 7, and there were ...
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Is a DDR3 MB compatible with DDR2 RAM?

If a motherboard's specifications say it supports DDR3 SDRAM sticks, would I be correct to assume it is also compatible with DDR2 RAM? Am I wrong, or does it depend on the motherboard?
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How to know what hardware works well with linux?

It's not hard to find desktops that work well with Linux. However it is much harder to know which laptops will work without fault on say a Debian or Red Hat system. I recently ran into an issue with ...
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Are all SATA cables compatible with SATA 3?

I have a HP Compaq de5700 Small Form Factor desktop computer, and I am looking to upgrade it's hard drive. When I open up the box, it clearly has available SATA connectors on the motherboard, but no ...
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How can I remove compatibility settings that are not editable from the Compatibility tab?

Yesterday, Windows decided Steam needed a compatibility setting to run properly and showed me an informative dialog that left me with no choice but to acknowledge this. Steam ran fine, until it needed ...
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Are modems, made for a more recent DSL standard, downwards compatible with older DSL technology?

I understand that older DSL modems aren't compatible with newer technology, but is the case same the other way around? I.e.: Is VDSL2 modem compatible with a VDSL connection? What about with ADSL or ...
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A free utility for NTFS writing on Mac OS X 10.6.5? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on a Mac Coming from Windows (Vista/7), I have a few NTFS formatted Hard Drives. Are there any programs to make OS X ...
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How to enable 32-bit binary compatibility on Linux Mint 11 x64

I've recently installed x64 Linux Mint 11, basically Ubuntu Natty. Since the install I've found that 32-bit applications which used to run on my Ubuntu system are rejected by my Mint 11 system. When I ...
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Will programs designed for Windows 7 work on Windows 8? [closed]

One of the main questions slowing me from upgrading to Windows 8 is backwards-compatibility. I have many programs from smaller companies that I know will not be able to come up with a windows ...
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Can Windows Server 2012 run all Metro (/ Windows Store) applications?

I plan to use Windows Server 2012 Standard on my PC as my primary OS. Can Windows Server 2012 run all Metro (/ Windows Store) applications or are there arbitrary limitations or edition checks that ...
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What resources are available for building a cutting-edge Linux box?

One of the problems with loving both Linux and sweet new hardware is that you're never sure what's supported (i.e. driver availability). How can I easily determine if those shiny things in your ...
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What does it mean for a computer to be an “IBM Compatible PC”?

A couple questions about this: 1) Is this term even relevant any more? 2) Does this mean anything from a developer's stand point? It is not exactly clear to me if this is a BIOS, architecture, bus ...
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Which Version of Microsoft Word created a given document?

I'm starting to get multiple MS Word documents sent to me, and I'd like to detect what version of MS word created, or last saved, each doc. Is there some tool for that?   Or, can I determine such ...
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Windows 7 cannot turn off DPI/PPI scaling for an application

I have Windows 7 with DPI scaling set to 120 DPI. It makes some problems with older applications like clipped text, blurred graphics or too big text. I'd like to disable DPI scaling for these ...
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How to fake OS bit version check on some software

I have an application which has detection of my windows version. And it only goes through when it checks that its 32-bit version. As far as I know that my Windows 7 64-bit has compatibility to run ...
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Is there a Wine-like program, but for Windows? [closed]

Sometimes, there's a Linux app that I'd like to run in Windows (XP). Is there something similar to Wine that will do it?
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Considering upgrade to Windows 7; need advice [closed]

All my systems are happily running Windows XP. I'm finally - grudgingly - installing SP3 on all of them since Microsoft has stopped developing patches for SP2. But XP doesn't have much life left. ...
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How do I get 16-bit programs to work on a 64-bit Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why 64 bit OS can't run a 16 bit application? When trying to play an old game, Skyroads for instance, I get the following error message: The version of this file ...
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Are SATA II and SATA 3.0 Gbps compatible?

I am trying to check that if I buy a new internal HDD it will work in the NAS I am buying. Currently I'm confused about naming schemes and once that is resolved whether there is compatibility. I will ...
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How to make an extremely old app run on 64bit Windows? [duplicate]

I have a very old application designed for Windows 3.1. I have been able to use this application on Windows 7, however, that was Windows 7 32bit. Now I have since re-installed Windows to 64bit, and ...
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Does the device that supports USB 3.0 work via computer that supports USB 2.0

I am planning to buy external hard drive that supports USB 3.0. Will it work with my old notebook that has USB 2.0?
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Can you have PC3L and PC3 RAM together?

I have a pair of DDR3 SODIMM RAM modules in my laptop, and I want to replace the 2GB for a 4GB that is compatible. So far I haven't been able to find an exact match but I found a very similar with a ...
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16 bit windows under Win64 using Wine?

I wonder if anyone has tried the following approach to run a 16-bit application under Win64? I can install a VMware virtual machine, load Linux, and use Wine to simulate the old Windows environment. ...
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What is the most simple explanation for the fact that Windows applications are not Linux-compatible?

What can you respond to someone who asks you: ...And why can't I install a Windows application on my Linux computer?
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Are there any known issues with Daemon Tools Lite and Windows 7 32-bit RTM?

The download page for Daemon Tools Lite Commercial (the free one) version 4.30.4 says that Windows 7 Beta is supported (SPTD 1.58). However the Pro Standard and Advanced versions say Windows 7 is ...
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2TB HDD Compatablity Issues

I was about to buy the following 2TB HDD online. ...
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Is it possible to put a PCI-X card in a PCI slot?

By this, I mean is it possible to put a PCI-X card in a PCI slot? I heard from someone (who deals with servers all the time) that this is the case, however I may have misheard. Also, the card DOES ...
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Force Firefox to install add-on

I wanted to install a new add-on in Firefox – Firesheep, but when I tried to do so (from an xpi file), it told me that it can be installed because it's incompatible for 4.0.1. However, ...
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Why wouldn't I want to run Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 instead of Windows 7 Ultimate x64?

I'm currently running Windows 7 RC and I'm ready to pave and reinstall on my laptop. Are there features in Windows 7 I won't have access to if I install Server 2008 R2? Are there applications or ...
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Physical obstacle plugging PCIe 4x into PCIe 8x

I know this has been already discussed, for example in this question, where there's even a wikipeida quote saying that it's possible. So, according to that, I bought that PCIe 4x card. I have two ...
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Linux binary support under Mac OS X?

Is there a way to add Linux binary compatibility to Mac OS X 10.5+ such as that found in FreeBSD? For instance, and totally as an example, here is Arlequin 3.5, a population genetics software that my ...
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A PCI Express 3.0 Video Card into a PCI-E 1.0 x16 slot

Perhaps I'm trying to push my mobo too hard, but I think I have read that PCI-e 3.0 is back compatible to previous PCI-e specifications. But 3.0 into a 1.0, is it possibly asking too much? I'm ...