Windows 10: Win7 to Win10 Software Compatibility?

  1.    20 Jul 2015 #1

    Win7 to Win10 Software Compatibility?


    I have two PCs: a new Win8.1 desktop and an older Win7-64 desktop. I've have already experienced that several programs that have run great on my Win7 PC will not even install on the new Win8.1 PC.
    So, if/when I decide to upgrade my Win7 PC with the free upgrade to Win10, what is the likelihood that all of my Win7 programs will continue to work OK on that PC after the upgrade to Win10?
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  2.    20 Jul 2015 #2

    It depends on the age of the software your using.

    You could provide a list of the programs you're concerned about or you can just try them on Virtual box first. If you're unsure.
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       20 Jul 2015 #3

    Sgooter said: View Post
    I have two PCs: a new Win8.1 desktop and an older Win7-64 desktop. I've have already experienced that several programs that have run great on my Win7 PC will not even install on the new Win8.1 PC.
    So, if/when I decide to upgrade my Win7 PC with the free upgrade to Win10, what is the likelihood that all of my Win7 programs will continue to work OK on that PC after the upgrade to Win10?
    What are the several programs that run on Win7 and not 8.1? I'm trying to think, but I'm pretty sure I have never encountered such a beast, personally. Not saying it ain't so. Maybe there are updated versions that will work. Or maybe you can use the compatibility feature to get it to run.

    Windows is pretty darned good at backward compatibility - heck, I'm still running the same version of Quicken 99 that came with my old HP Pavillion back in the day (running Win98) - I've run it on 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. I've run MS Office 2007 on everything from Vista on. It's actually been quite remarkable...
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  4.    20 Jul 2015 #4

    Software that runs on Win7, but not on Win8.1:
    Memorex ExPressit CD LabelMaker
    Driver for Brother PT-1950 Label Printer (software installs, but doesn't run because printer driver is not compatible)
    H&R Block Tax Deluxe for each years 2009 thru 2012

    Update:
    Found a fix for the Memorex CD Label Maker
    Found an alternate driver for the Brother Label Printer
    The H&R Block Tax programs listed above remain a problem
    Last edited by Sgooter; 20 Jul 2015 at 14:49.
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  5.    21 Jul 2015 #5

    swarfega said: View Post
    It depends on the age of the software your using.

    You could provide a list of the programs you're concerned about or you can just try them on Virtual box first. If you're unsure.
    agreed with this
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  6.    22 Jul 2015 #6

    Well, I am embarrassed to admit it, but all of my vexing software installation issues were resolved simply by using the "Run As Administrator" command when first accessing the programs I wanted to install. Yet another lesson learned.
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  7.    22 Jul 2015 #7

    Sgooter said: View Post
    Well, I am embarrassed to admit it, but all of my vexing software installation issues were resolved simply by using the "Run As Administrator" command when first accessing the programs I wanted to install. Yet another lesson learned.
    Mark that. Thanks to you that I will know how to do if I enconter this.
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