How To Fix Some Apps Having Compatibility Issues With Windows 10?

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Windows 10 is here and that came with a lot of valid criticism from users and reviewers. However, Windows 10 wasn't an all-around flop, there are a lot of people who still prefer it over previous versions for its more user-friendly interface, multi-tasking capabilities and more visual elegance. But, there's another reason why a lot of people are still reluctant to make the switch over to the new operating system: some applications might have compatibility issues.

Fix Some Apps Having Compatibility Issues

Technology was introduced to make life easier for us. However, this might not be the case if you do not know how to navigate around the advancing technologies. During the last upgrade of Windows Operating System to the latest Windows 10, there were some hitches in the system. One of which is compatibility issues of files and apps.

Windows Operating System

You might have noticed that some of your apps on the previous Windows 7 or 8 are not working on your upgraded Windows 10. The good news is that this is not an ‘app threatening’ issue as it can easily be fixed with the right knowledge. We are here to guide on how to get those apps working just the way you like them.

Option 1: Try Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing compatibility issues in Windows 10, troubleshooting should be your first solution. Here is how to run your compatibility troubleshooter.

  1. Go to your search box which is located on Windows taskbar, then type in the app or program that is giving you issues.
    Try Troubleshooting
  2. Select the app and right click it. You will see Open file location. Select it.
  3. Right click on the app file and select Properties. Next select the icon Compatibility tab.
  4. The last step is to click on Run Compatibility Troubleshooter.

Option 2: Tweak Compatibility Settings

Assuming troubleshooting does not do the work, you can fix the issue through your compatibility settings. To do this, you need to go the app’s properties and tweak its compatibility mode settings. Compatibility lets you a force an app to utilize the settings of an earlier Windows version. You can as well change the app’s color settings and display.

Here is how to do this:

  1. Click on your start menu again and select the app you need to fix.
  2. Right click the app and select Properties from the context menu.
    Select Properties from the context menu
  3. A new window will appear showing the compatibility tab. Navigate to the compatibility mode and check the box next to the option that lets you run the program in compatibility mode.
    compatibility mode
  4. Next, you need to choose the version of Windows that you prefer to use for your app’s settings. It is recommendable to choose Window 7 since it has been in existence for several years now and most apps will work fine with Windows 7.
    apps will work fine with Windows
  5. After choosing your Windows version, check the box next to the option that lets you run the program as an administrator.
    Truth be told, running a program or app as an administrator may be a risk security wise. However, because of the Windows design, many of the older app or programs will only function properly if they an administrator access.
  6. Now, apply these changes by clicking Apply and then select OK. The window will close and take you to the start menu. Launch the app here and check if it is now functioning just like it did before your upgrade.

If the app is now functioning, congratulations! You did it. But if not, then you can go back and select a different operating system, maybe Windows 8. Do this through your compatibility tab and follow the steps above before applying the changes.

Summary: Fix some apps having compatibility issues with Windows 10

  • In Windows 10, open Settings from the Start menu, click "System"
  • Click the "Advanced display settings" button.
  • Click the "Advanced sizing of text and other items" link.
  • Scroll down to the "Other settings" section, and click the "Set a custom scaling level" link.
  • Type in a new scale size between 100 and 500 (this value is in percent) and click OK.


We hope that either the troubleshooting or running the app in compatibility mode helps to fix the compatibility issue that you are experiencing. If the app is still not working, then you can try a different approach. Be sure to search online for your specific app issue and see if you find other tips that might be of help.