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Windows 7: What is Windows 7 doing behind the scenes

25 Sep 2011   #1
harleynut97

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp2
 
 
What is Windows 7 doing behind the scenes

Hi, I have a very old program called Hemera Photo Objects volume 2. The company doesn't exist anymore (I think they were out of business even before vista)

Anyway, I do still use the program, so I tried loading it on windows 7 home premium. The program installs actually 2 programs, Hemera photo objects and some other part of the program I never use, called Photo font maker. After install Photo font maker opened and worked fine, but Photo objects gave error messages and said it couldnt open due to parameter problems.

From the start menu I right clicked on the program and it gave me an option to test compatability thru some windows 7 troubleshooting thing. It had you fill in a question or 2 regarding what operating system the program last ran successfully. It had an option to try and fix the problem, and low and behold after being prompted to try and open the program in the wizard...It opened correctly.
It did say however that it was not compatable with windows 7.

So now each time I open the file I get a UAC dialog box (do you want to allow unknown program to make changes) Program name is PO.exe (I think this is the photo objects start file) I say yes and it opens...

My only question is should I be concerned with any issues since windows seems to be allowing me to open the program, but did say in the troubleshooting wizard that it wasn't compatable with win 7, and just out of curiosity, what did window 7 do behind the scenes (trouble shooting wizard) to allow me to open it? - Carl


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25 Sep 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You might find this useful: Windows 7 Compatibility Mode - How Does It Work?

This screenshot shows you how to get rid of the UAC prompt, as going through the numbered steps tells Windows it's OK to run the legacy software.

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25 Sep 2011   #3
harleynut97

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp2
 
 

Thanks Seavixen, I'll use your suggestions to get rid of the nag screen. I'm just glad I can still use the program- Carl
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25 Sep 2011   #4
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

No, you needn't be concerned. If it runs in any Compatibility Mode, be happy.

Right-click on the executable for the program and select Properties, then the Compatibility tab--that will likely show you what W7 determined to be the best mode for that proggie. If you have any problems at all with it you can fiddle with these settings yourself.

Wow seavixen beat me to the punch!
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25 Sep 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome Carl, just pleased to be of help.
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