I noticed shortly after installing a bunch of updates I started having compatibility issues with programs. Unless I run them under Windows XP Service Pack 2 with admin permissions, they don't work. It's extremely problematic and some prgorams I straight-up can't get to work. It's time-consuming and a headache and I want to go back to how things were before, with prgrams starting up normally with no fuss.
Sadly system restore is useless as there isn't a back-up point before it (it doesn't keep them very long apparently...) and uninstalling the updates didn't seem to do much good + Windows likes to reinstall more updates after. Admittedly I haven't tried uninstalling some graphics card and Realtek network card or w/e updates but I don't see why'd they be related.
So yeah, I'm kinda stuck here, any suggestions on how to get things back to how they were so my programs are running WITHOUT compatibility issues? I pretty much gave all the info I could think of but if you have any more specific questions that might help help me, please ask.
Thanks for your time and have a great day. =)