Running Programs in Compatibility Mode
Every application can be run in a specific compatibility mode. You can adjust those settings from the program's shortcut or from the executables themself. I would suggest to apply those settings to shortcuts so that you can avoid messing something up later on.
Step 1: Right click a program shortcut or executable, then choose properties from the context menu.
Step 2: After the properties dialog appears, navigate to the Compatibility tab.
As you can see we have some options here and you never know which one is going to work best for you. For this reason we will take a closer look in them and hopefully helping you choose the proper settings.
Compatibility Mode: A combo box which allows you to run the application using settings from a previous version of Windows. This is the main setting to work and experiment with when having compatibility issues.
Run in 256 colors: Because of the fact that some old programs are designed to use very few colors, this option helps you run them with a limited set of colors.
Run in 640x480 Screen Resolution: This option runs the program in a small-sized window, specifically 640 pixels width and 480 pixels height.
Disable Visual Themes: Disables specific theme options on the programs, useful if you have interface issues with some application.
Disable Desktop Composition: Turns off transparency and other display features, might sometimes help with display problems.
Disable Display DPI Scaling: Turns off the automatic resizing of programs if you have customized the font size. Use this setting if somehow the larger fonts are interfering with the program appearance.
Keep in mind that MSI Files are not capable of running in a manually selected compatibility mode. The operating system will automatically choose the best options to run the program with.
Additionally, you can change the compatibility settings for all users on a single computer by pressing the "Change settings for all users" button. If you plan to do this, be sure you press the button first because it has a completely separate dialog window and it will not import any settings from the main compatibility window.