How to change Compatibility from Win 10 to XP?

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  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
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    How to change Compatibility from Win 10 to XP?


    The program that I want to change the Compatibility to XP is the game 'Crysis', yet neither its .EXE nor its shortcut have the Compatibility tab showing when I right click on them. How can I force them into XP compatibility mode? (And where the heck is this "Program Compatibility Troubleshooter" I keep reading about -- my very latest version of Win 10 seems to know nothing about it)?

    Many Thanks,

    -Cotter

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  2. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Hi, the program compatibility assistant can be found here:
    C:\Users\xxx-your-id-xxxx\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\All Commands
    "Run programs made for previous versions of Windows'.

    I use Classic Shell, and just typed 'compatibility' into its search box- oddly enough, bingo. Never done that before.

    The assistant then (after a bit) lists programs found so you can choose one.

    Normally it's run as part of setting and choosing compatibility as you describe.

    By the way, can you see a compatibility tab for any other program? Is the service running?
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  3. Posts : 2,292
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
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    Yeah I found certain game exe files do not have the compatibility tab in properties. They are few and far between but it's odd. If I d if you right click the exe then compatibility is generally displayed in the context menu that displays. Maybe it's something to do with securom/safedisc causing that tab to not display
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  4. Posts : 35,442
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  5. Posts : 2,292
    Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)
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    Yep I think so. Too draconian a move by MS. I have quite a few games crippled by this. If your an upgraded from 7, 8 or 8.1 I believe the driver/service can be re enabled but clean Windows 10 installs never had it so that is a blow. Means having to source no cd exe files to play our legitimately bought games on Windows 10 which is a far greater risk given the dodgy type of sites that tend to host them. Once again people who pay money legally are shafted. MS doesn't seem to think, they should give us the choice. Sorry this has gone a little off topic
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  6. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks guys, and especially thanks dalchina ; your method worked perfectly! Plus, I just installed Classic Shell, which sound like a really great program!
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  7. Posts : 794
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #7

    The Program Compatibility Assistant can be found buy searching with Cortana too.
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  8. Posts : 7
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    sml156 said:
    The Program Compatibility Assistant can be found buy searching with Cortana too.
    I tried that, but all Cortana did was search, and search, and search. After an hour I got tired of it, and shut it down completely.
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  9. Posts : 35,442
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Hi, Cortana's quick results amongst 'My Stuff' depends on what's indexed of course, so changing indexing locations could affect that. (That can also slow Settings searches dramatically). Searching beyond what's indexed is s-l-o-w. I happened to add all control panel features to Classic Shell, so it indexes them.
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  10. Posts : 794
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    cottersay said:
    I tried that, but all Cortana did was search, and search, and search. After an hour I got tired of it, and shut it down completely.
    Is your Win 10 install new maybe it hasn't had time to index properly mine was fast on a 9 year old Computer

    dalchina said:
    Hi, Cortana's quick results amongst 'My Stuff' depends on what's indexed of course, so changing indexing locations could affect that. (That can also slow Settings searches dramatically). Searching beyond what's indexed is s-l-o-w. I happened to add all control panel features to Classic Shell, so it indexes them.
    I Have not changed index settings and don't like Classic shell
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