Software Compatibility List for Windows® 7
Get to know more about the significance and benefits of Windows 7 software compatibilty list.
With the advancement of technology Microsoft Corporation introduced its latest version of OS named Windows 7. Windows 7 contains all the driver software programs for each hardware devices on a computer system and doesn't require additional drivers. Windows XP OS might be a bit faster than Windows 7 but there are a lot of more features in Windows 7 compared to XP. Windows 7 is capable to work on many computer systems that have low system specifications and it offers better speed and performance than any other OS with the same software and hardware configurations.
Given below is a detailed explanation of the significance and benefits of Windows 7 software compatibility list:
- Driver compatibility
- Software/ hardware compatibility
- Tips to make a program compatible
Windows 7 OS is the higher version of Windows just after Windows Vista OS. Windows 7 provides two different versions 32 bit and 64 bit. When choosing a hardware device that is compatible with Windows 7 it's important to take appropriate bit version. Most of the hardware drivers present in 64 bit system compatibility and only few 32 bit drivers will function with a 64 bit OS. Many hardware pieces have no 64 bit driver and might not work with 64 bit computers.
Software/ hardware compatibility
When you try to open a program on your computer that have Windows 7 OS, which is incompatible with it then you would get a message showing ‘This program has known compatibility issues’. The message does not mean that you cannot continue using with the program but you have to set compatibility option for the particular program. You might also have some compatibility issues while using a specific application program, documents created in the previous version of that applications etc.
Tips to make a program compatible
When you receive ‘This program has known compatibility issues’ message on your system, you have to make the program compatible to run on Windows 7. To do this right click the program and select the properties button. From there, select compatibility tab then select ‘Run this program in compatibility mode’ option. After that select the Windows OS with which you previously used the particular program and click the apply button. Now the program has become compatible to run on the Windows 7 OS.
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