Using and Enabling compatibility Mode
Have you upgraded to windows 2000 and found that you were unable to run some of your applications and games? **
Have you downgraded to Windows XP and had similar issues?
Well, good news. Windows 2000 (SP2 and greater) and Windows XP both have a feature called "Application Compatibility Mode". If you are running win2k, you will have to enable this feature. If you are running Windows XP, this feature is enabled already.
What this does is run the program in a pseudo-emulator, fooling the program into thinking its running in a previous version of windows, and also forcing win2k (or XP) to handle the program differently. For ease of documentation (and my general preference) the graphics employed in this document will be from a windows 2000 machine running SP2.
Steps to Enable compatibility Mode in Win2k:
Make sure that you are running at least service pack 2. You can check by right clicking on the "My Computer" icon and selecting "Properties".
Then examine the window that appears and look for the service pack number.
If it says service pack one, or if it doesn't say anything at all, you need to install service pack two or higher. You can find service packs at Windows Update.
In the window that appears type (or copy to) the following line:
Steps to Using compatibility Mode:
Choose the OS that you believe is the most compatible with your program and then select "OK".
The next time you run the program, it will be operating in compatibility mode.
** Please note that many win9x and NT programs run fine in win2k and XP, and that other factors of the computers setup and config affect how a program runs almost as much as the Operating System used.
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