Install a Driver in Windows Compatibility Mode

When you install drivers, it’s important that they MATCH the Windows operating system (OS) you have installed on your PC. However, when Microsoft releases a new OS (e.g., Windows 7), 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 that your devices simply stop functioning when you upgrade to a new Windows OS – Microsoft has the Windows Compatibility Mode feature.

  1. Right-click the driver you want to install and then select Properties.
  2. Select the Compatibility tab.
  3. Under Compatibility Mode, click Run this program in compatibility mode for:
  4. Click the down arrow and select the Windows version of the driver.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Install the driver.

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Author: Emma Gibson

Hello all! I'm Emma Gibson and I'm a work-from-home Technical Writer of over 10 years. I write for the DriverFinder site, and have provided thousands of short, step-by-step 'How To' content for the Customer Support portals of various US companies such as HP, Symantec, System Center, Cherwell, and others. When I'm not writing 'tech stuff', I'm mostly likely to be found in the kitchen testing recipes, or outside sporting (to get rid of those calories I consumed while in the kitchen).

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2 thoughts on “Install a Driver in Windows Compatibility Mode”

  1. Informative post regarding driver installation . That’s a compatible option that works on any operation system when options are changed.keep updating more important posts.

  2. I don’t know how to get to this point?? I right click on it before and after I iinstall and still can’t find this point you are referrning to.

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