Most programs run properly on Windows XP. The exceptions are some older programs that were written specifically for an earlier version of Windows (e.g. Windows 9x). To run your program on Windows XP, try the following:

  1. Set the Program Compatibility. If the program was originally designed to run on Windows 95, set the compatibility mode to Windows 95 and try running your program again. If successful, the program will start in that mode each time. This also allows you to try different settings, such as switching the display to 256 colors and the screen resolution to 640 x 480 pixels.

    • 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.
    • Change to the Compatibility tab, and change the compatibility settings for your program.
    • Click OK to confirm.

  2. Update your program, drivers or hardware.If your program does not run correctly after testing it with the Program Compatibility Mode, check the Web for updates or other fixes, as follows:
    • Check the Web site of the program's manufacturer to see if an update or patch is available.
    • Check Windows Update to see if a fix is available for the program. Click Start -> Windows Update.
    • Check the Web site of the manufacturer of your video card or sound card to see if newer drivers are available for either of them.