Features of Windows® 7 Compatibility Mode
What are the tips to resolve the issues that come up with the compatibility modes of Windows 7?
Windows 7 is one of the latest operating system released by Microsoft. It is available in different editions designed for different user segments. Apart from the operating system you use many application programs on your computer to ease your Job. Both Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems support almost all the commonly used application programs but rarely some applications do not work on Windows 7. To overcome this issue, Microsoft has included a virtualization support on Windows 7, which means you can install Windows XP on Windows 7 using the Windows virtual software. The virtualization support on Windows 7 is also known as Windows 7 compatibility mode. You just need to double click on the 'Windows XP mode' icon on the desktop to launch the Windows XP environment. It works the same way like an application works on your computer. You can run any older application which works only on Windows XP even though you are on Windows 7.
Following are some issues and fixes which come up while using compatibility mode in Windows 7
- Windows 7 compatible mode grayed out
- Windows XP mode freezes
- Windows 7 compatible mode fails to launch
Windows 7 compatible mode grayed out
Sometimes you find the Windows 7 compatible mode option to be grayed out. This issue can be because the user account that you have logged in with does not have sufficient privilege to run the Windows XP compatibility mode. You can try to log in as an administrator and if the issue persists you may have to reconfigure the Windows XP mode.
Windows XP mode freezes
Windows XP mode may freeze if there are many other applications running on the computer and sufficient system resources are not available for the Windows XP mode. You can close all the running programs including the background tasks to fix this issue. You may increase the virtual memory to improve the performance of the Windows XP mode.
Usually the windows XP mode launches when you click on the 'Windows XP mode' icon on the desktop but sometimes the icon does not respond because some services or drivers for the virtualization program is not started. You can close all the programs and then restart the computer to fix the issue. If the issue persists even after the restart, you need reinstall the Windows XP mode. If you have any other virtualization software running on your computer, there can be a conflict. So, uninstall the other virtualization software and then try to launch the Windows XP mode.
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