Most applications that run on Windows 7 will almost certainly work on Windows 10. But there are exceptions, and in this article we’ll look at ways to run older applications on Windows 10 if they don’t start.
Run as administrator
Many applications developed for Windows XP will work on a modern version of Windows, but one change must be taken into account. XP users often used their computer as an administrator all the time. Applications were written to run only under the administrator, otherwise an error occurred.
If the old application does not start. First, try running it as an administrator. Right-click on application shortcut or exe launcher file and select “Run as administrator”.
If after these actions the application starts. You can configure it to always start as administrator. Right-click on it and select “Properties” = go to the tab “Compatibility” = check the box “Run this program as administrator”then press “OK”.
Like other versions of Windows, Windows 10 has compatibility options that allow you to configure older applications for normal operation. Right-click on the shortcut or file for launching the exe program and select “Properties” = go to tab “Compatibility” = in this window you can just click on “Run Compatibility Troubleshooter” and use the wizard to configure the application.
Also, if this program works on XP but does not start on Windows 10. In the compatibility tab, check the box “Run the program in compatibility mode with:” and select from the list Windows XP, or another system on which application worked. Even in the compatibility window, you can use the low color mode, disable scaling, change the screen resolution for this program. Try different settings, most likely the program will start and work with Windows 10.
64-bit versions of Windows require digitally signed drivers. 32-bit Windows usually do not require this, but a 32-bit version of Windows 10 running on a new PC with UEFI may require signed drivers. This improves security and stability by protecting your system from malicious or unstable drivers. Unsigned drivers are recommended to be installed only if you are 100% sure of their safety.
If older software needs unsigned drivers. You need to use a special kind of windows boot to use them.
Games that require SafeDisc and SecuROM DRM
Microsoft has deprived SafeDisc and SecuROM DRM of support, explaining this with security concerns. Even on Windows 8 and 7, after updating the system, games requiring SafeDisc and SecuROM DRM will not start. But if in Windows 7 and 8 you can use the command sc start secdrv enable the driver again, then in Windows 10 this is not possible.
The only tips for those who want to run games that require SafeDisc and SecuROM DRM in Windows 10:
- Go to the website of the manufacturer of this game and see if there are updates, some manufacturers have released patches for games, downloading and installing them will no longer need SafeDisc and SecuROM DRM;
- For some games, you can deflate a No-CD, it is used for pirated games, and as some say it is potentially dangerous. But still, many users use it and everything starts normally with them;
- Download a more modern version of the game # 128578;
- Install a virtual machine, and run games in it.
Virtual machines for older software
You can install a virtual machine in any operating system, including Windows 10, and install any other operating system in it. And if some applications do not start. You can run them in a virtual machine.
Choose any virtual machine = install the necessary operating system in it = and run it when you need to use old software that does not work in the modern version of Windows.
DOS and Windows 3.1 applications
DOSBox allows you to run old DOS. Applications (primarily DOS games). In a window on the desktop.
Windows 3.1 was mainly a DOS application. This means that you can install Windows 3.1 in DOSBox and run older 3.1 applications. 16-bit version of Windows in DOSBox
Web sites requiring Java, Silverlight, ActiveX, or Internet Explorer
Windows 10 uses the new Microsoft Edge as the default browser. Edge does not include support for Java, ActiveX, Silverlight, and other technologies. Chrome also stopped supporting NPAPI plugins such as Java and Silverlight.
To use the old web. Applications requiring these technologies. Start the Internet Explorer browser (still included with Windows 10 for compatibility reasons. It still supports ActiveX content). You can also work with Java and Silverlight in Mozilla Firefox.
Internet Explorer can be launched from the Start menu. You can also open the menu in Microsoft Edge, and select “Open with Internet Explorer”to open a web page directly in Internet Explorer.
Maybe if the old application does not work on Windows 10. Is it time to look for him a more modern replacement? In any case, these options for starting old applications should help you if you know other ways. Write comments! Good luck to you # 128578;