Make applications always Run as Administrator in Windows 7 (and other compatibility tweaks)

From time to time you may run across a program that requires Administrator privileges to run properly or an older program that will not behave properly in Windows 7. In a case like this Microsoft has included a system option called “Compatibility Mode” that allows you tweak settings for that program including:

Making the program think it is running on an older version of Windows
Changing the video sub-system options presented to the program
and allowing the program to run with Administrative rights

The following steps document how to enable these features:

Right the program icon or the shortcut of the application and open the Properties box for that program and click the compatibility tab.

Image of the Microsoft Windows 7 Compatibility Mode Dialog
Compatibility Mode for the currently logged on user

In this Dialog box can not only set “Run this program as administrator”, but you can also specify some additional settings to allow older programs to run in Microsoft Windows 7.

These settings can be useful if you are trying to use an older program and it is not launching properly. The first item to try is setting the “Run this program in compatibility mode” and selecting Windows XP (Service Pack 3).

Some older programs cannot function properly when presented with the new advanced display and video options in Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows Vista. To resolve these types of issues try adjusting the various options under the “Settings” section.

To make the same adjustments for all users that log into the computer click the “Change settings for all users” button:
Image of the Microsoft Windows 7 Compatibility Mode dialog for All users

In this dialog window you can adjust all the same settings for rights, operating system and the video options, but in this case the changes will affect every user that longs into the computer.


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