What are the solutions to using old software and playing old video games titles on Windows 10.

Although supposedly trying to make old data programs and formats backwards compatible with Windows 10, it seems that every effort has not yielded satisfactory results. Sometimes the reason is because the space between operating systems is too far.

Software applications designed for Windows XP, Windows 98 and older are now start to get difficult to use when users launch them on Windows 10. And everything can only be better when the developer releases a new version or bug fixes patch compatible with Windows 10. Although Windows 10 has a compatibility mode available, some software still “refuse” to work with it.

Before giving up hope for using these old software or playing old video game titles on Windows 10, try the following suggested solutions, please consult the following.

1. Use the “Run as Administrator” option

If your problem is with software and games designed for Windows XP, the first thing you need to try is to launch them as an administrator.

In Windows XP, most user accounts are defaulted to an administrator account so developers have encoded game software and data assuming administrator access and it can only works this way so if you use a normal account, you will not be able to start them, and Windows 10, due to security enhancements, the accounts will not be created with administrator rights by default.

Look for the executable file or shortcut of the software or game you need and right-click it, select the Run as Administrator command.

2. Use Program Compatibility Troubleshooter mode

If you have installed a software or a game on Windows 10 but cannot start it by just clicking it, then this is a very effective method when you can’t figure out how to configure so that the software or game work with Windows 10. So let Windows 10 automatically run the debugger and debug for you using Program Compatibility Troubleshooter mode. As follows.

Enter the “run programs made for previous versions of windows” keyword in the search box and run it.

The Program Compatibility Troubleshooter dialog box appears, click Next to proceed to the next step.

Windows will scan and display the list of installed software and games on the system. Now click on the software or game you need and click Next.

If the software or game you need is not on the list, click the Not Listed option and click Next.

Click Browse and navigate to the EXE executable file of the software or game you need and click Next to continue.

Windows will check and set up the appropriate compatibility settings to run the software or game you choose.

Finally, press Try recommended settings to apply the settings that are optimized by Windows.

Now you can start testing the software or game you need.

3. Use manual compatibility settings

Although the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter is quite effective, sometimes it still succumbs to some older software or games. Such a situation forces you to set up manually, specifically as follows.

Navigate to the software or game executables you need and right-click it, select Properties.

The Properties window appears, click on the Compatibility tab and check the option to launch with Compatibility mode that is compatible with the old operating system, according to you, the software or game you need can work.

Next, you should check the “Run this program as an administrator” option to enable the software or game titles with administrator privileges. In addition, you can customize the color, resolution settings specific to the software or the game you need through the corresponding setup options on the Compatibility tab if you wish.

Finally, click Apply> OK to save and start checking the results.

4. Disable Driver Signature Enforcement

Usually the driver “drivers” on the computer are usually installed from Windows Update, the original device, the downloaded software, … must be verified by Microsoft electronic signature. It is the manufacturer’s security sign as well as all information about it. If Microsoft does not certify the driver, your computer device will not be running on the system, nor can software or games work on the operating system. That’s called “Driver Signature Enforcement”.

If this is the case, you can disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 10 as follows.

Click the Start button to wait for Start Menu to appear, press and hold Shift while clicking on the Restart option in the Start menu.

Windows 10 will restart and access the operating system boot menu, click on the “Troubleshoot” option.

Next, click on Advanced Options> Startup Settings> Restart. Finally, click the “7” number key (select “Disable driver signature enforcement”) on the keyboard in the Startup Settings interface to disable the Driver Signature Enforcement and press the ENTER key.

5. Use virtual machines

If the above solutions are not effective, using a virtual machine with an old system that is compatible with the software and games you need to use is the best solution.

With virtual machines, you can use Virtual Box or VMware Player, both are free of charge, these are the best options for running virtual machines that allow you to use the older operating system directly on Windows 10. However, this method is quite confusing and requires that you have a relative configuration to run the virtual machine.

These are some solutions to use the software and play old titles on Windows 10, hopefully this article will be useful for you.



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