Before you upgrade to Windows XP, you should verify that any applications currently running will still function after the upgrade is complete. Most new programs will not be affected by the upgrade. However, older programs may not function correctly under Windows XP.
To help you identify incompatible applications, you can run the Windows XP Upgrade Advisor before performing the upgrade. From the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP dialog box, select Check system compatibility.

If you have problems running programs after Windows XP is installed, you can use the Program Compatibility Wizard. You can run the Program Compatibility Wizard before you try other ways of updating your programs or drivers because it identifies compatibility fixes written specifically for Windows XP.

You need to run the Program Compatibility Wizard on the Setup file for the program. The file may be called Setup.exe or something similar, and is probably located on the Installation disc for the program.

To run the Program Compatibility Wizard, follow the steps below.

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Program Compatibility Wizard.
  2. Follow the wizard’s instructions to select the program’s executable file, choose a compatibility mode, set the visual options, and then test the program.
  3. The wizard prompts you to test your program in different modes and with various settings. For example, if the program was originally designed to run on Windows 95, set the compatibility mode to Windows 95 and try running your program again. The wizard also allows you to try different settings, such as switching the display to 256 colors and the screen resolution to 640 x 480 pixels. The wizard will launch your program with the selected settings, and allows you to test how the program works. The final page of the wizard enables you to select whether to permanently apply the compatibility settings, abandon the changes, or save them and run the wizard again to apply different settings. It is likely that you will need to repeat this process until you find the correct compatibility mode.

As an alternative to running the Program Compatibility Wizard, you can set the compatibility properties for a program manually by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the program icon on your desktop or the shortcut on the Start menu for the program you want to run, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab, and change the compatibility settings for your program.

2003. Essentially what the utility does is allow you to browse through various appfixes and apply the fixes on an as-needed basis. The nice thing about using this utility as opposed to the Program Compatibility wizard, is that QFIXAPP is non-wizard based. Non-Wizard based utilities tend to provide you with more control. It’s also a really good tool for tweaking those applications that don’t appear on the list of applications with known issues operating under Windows XP.

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2005-11-03 20:01:22You need to run the Program Compatibility Wizard on the Setup file for the program. The file may be called Setup.exe or something similar, and is probably located on the Installation disc for the program.

To run the Program Compatibility Wizard, follow the steps below.

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Program Compatibility Wizard.
  2. Follow the wizard’s instructions to select the program’s executable file, choose a compatibility mode, set the visual options, and then test the program.
  3. The wizard prompts you to test your program in different modes and with various settings. For example, if the program was originally designed to run on Windows 95, set the compatibility mode to Windows 95 and try running your program again. The wizard also allows you to try different settings, such as switching the display to 256 colors and the screen resolution to 640 x 480 pixels. The wizard will launch your program with the selected settings, and allows you to test how the program works. The final page of the wizard enables you to select whether to permanently apply the compatibility settings, abandon the changes, or save them and run the wizard again to apply different settings. It is likely that you will need to repeat this process until you find the correct compatibility mode.

As an alternative to running the Program Compatibility Wizard, you can set the compatibility properties for a program manually by following these steps:

  1. Right-click the program icon on your desktop or the shortcut on the Start menu for the program you want to run, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab, and change the compatibility settings for your program.

2003. Essentially what the utility does is allow you to browse through various appfixes and apply the fixes on an as-needed basis. The nice thing about using this utility as opposed to the Program Compatibility wizard, is that QFIXAPP is non-wizard based. Non-Wizard based utilities tend to provide you with more control. It’s also a really good tool for tweaking those applications that don’t appear on the list of applications with known issues operating under Windows XP.

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