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