How to enable/disable compatibility mode for apps on Windows 10

When Windows 10 was first released, it was full of bugs. The OS was better than Windows 8 / 8.1 but it would be stable to call it. Desktop apps that ran perfectly on Windows 7 and even on Windows 8 / 8.1 often ran on a Windows 10 system.

Compatibility mode for apps

To help the apps run more smoothly, Windows 10 has a compatibility mode where apps see the OS as an older version. More apps today are compatible with Windows 10 than they were five years ago so this option is not widely used but it still is.

Compatibility mode can be enabled for desktop apps. It does not work for UWP apps. Not all desktop apps support the compatibility mode.

Enable compatibility mode for apps

Follow these steps to enable compatibility mode for apps.

  1. Set either a shortcut to the application or EXE file for the app.
  2. Navigate to the file in File Explorer.
  3. Right click on it, and select real estate from the context menu.
  4. Go to Compatibility tab.
  5. Enable ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ option.
  6. Open the fall down and select the OS you want to emulate for the app.
  7. Click Enter
  8. Run the app and it will run in compatibility mode.

Disable compatibility mode for apps

To disable the compatibility mode for apps follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Shortcut or the EXE of the app and right click e.
  2. Choose Real estate.
  3. Go to Compatibility tab.
  4. Uncheck the ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ option.
  5. Run the app from the EXE file and will run normally.

Why use the Compatibility mode?

There was originally a compatibility mode for desktop apps that didn’t run well on Windows 10 but most of the apps have been updated for this version of Windows. Not all compatibility mode is required though, you will come across apps that run better when enabled.

In addition to running apps in a more stable environment, compatibility mode can be a useful tool for troubleshooting for some apps. Apps that have received a bad update and are crashes on Windows 10 may be able to run smoothly if the Compatibility mode for them is enabled.


Compatibility mode allows apps to run in a Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista environment, with service pack 1 or service pack 2 installed. It is a great tool for apps that have not been updated in a short time but are still useful. Compatibility mode will be able to improve the performance of many apps but will not be able to repair all of them. There will always be exceptions.

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