Monday, May 9, 2011

Library Corner: Computer and Software Compatibility


In the lending library there is a wide variety of educational and assistive software programs and devices. Some of the software versions were developed and published to run natively with older operating systems, but there is a way to run them in newer operating systems. There are many ways to change the properties of older software so that they are compatible with newer computers.
Windows 7 Compatibility
There are a couple methods for changing the properties so older software is compatible with Windows 7. Use the Troubleshooter, or manually change the program properties. The links below provide instructions and information.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-is-program-compatibility
Video - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-Windows
Windows Vista Compatibility
There are a couple methods for changing the properties so older software is compatible with Vista. Use the Compatibility Wizard, or manually change the program properties. The links below provide instructions and information.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-Windows
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/What-is-program-compatibility

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