Overcome Windows 7 Software-Compatibility Issues
By Rick Broida
December 1, 2009 02:19 PM ET
PC World - Windows 7
has the same core code as Windows Vista
, right? So application compatibility should be a non-issue, right?
Recently I tried to apply a firmware update to a Blu-ray drive, but the installer was designed for Vista and produced an error in Windows 7.
Meanwhile, I've had ongoing problems getting my iPhone to sync properly with iTunes--even though it worked just fine in Vista.
Much as I like Windows 7, at times like these I wish I could turn back the clock and run Vista, or even XP.
Turns out I can. Windows 7 has a little-known feature that helps you troubleshoot
application compatibility. Here's how to use it:
1. Right-click the icon of the app that's not working properly, then click Troubleshoot compatibility.