When drivers are being installed, it’s important that they MATCH the Windows operating system (OS) that is installed on the PC. However, when Microsoft releases a new OS (e.g., Windows 11), it’s impossible for ALL hardware manufacturers to simply comply and have new drivers immediately for the new OS.
To solve this issue – and to prevent your devices from simply stopping functioning when you upgrade to a new Windows OS – Microsoft has the Windows Compatibility Mode feature. It can be used to execute programs, including driver installation programs, in a mode that is compatible with an older version of Windows.
Here is how to use the Windows Compatibility Mode to run a driver installer:
- Right-click the driver installer file for the driver you want to install and then select Properties in the popup menu.
- Select the Compatibility tab.
- Under Compatibility Mode, select the checkbox named Run this program in compatibility mode for:
- Click the down arrow and select the Windows version of the driver.
Tip: If needed, you can also select the option to Run this program as an administrator. Many driver installers require this option if the user account does not have administrative privileges.
- Click OK.
- Install the driver by double-clicking the driver installation file to execute it.
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