Running Legacy Applications In Windows 7

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Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are the two major Microsoft operating systems currently in use and have the most popularity. Windows 8.1 is quite different from many of the older Windows versions like Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you have moved from XP to Windows 8.1, you would have realized that many of the legacy software applications you used in the older operating system are not compatible in the new operating system. This can happen with Windows 7 too. However, the number of legacy applications incompatible in Windows 7 is much lower than the same in Windows 8.1.

What to do if a legacy application is not compatible in the new operating system you have recently upgraded to? Should you downgrade back to the older version? This isn’t necessary if you know the appropriate methods to run an older application in the new Windows operating system.

There are two different methods to run a legacy application in a new Windows OS. They are running the application in Compatibility mode and executing the application with the help of a virtual machine. The first option (running the application in compatibility mode) is rather simple.

Compatibility mode

According to Windows support page, the simplest option to run an outdated application in a new operating system is by running the application in compatibility mode. You do not have to be an IT expert to be able to do this. Simply read the below instructions carefully and you get to know what needs to be done.


  • Navigate to the particular program that you have problems with and go to its Properties. If you have created a desktop
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    shortcut for the app, right-click it and choose Properties from the dropdown menu. If not, go to the Start button and locate the program from All Programs. Right-click the program and choose Properties.

  • In the Properties dialogue box, find out and click the tab titled Compatibility.
  • Following that, tick the box before Compatibility mode and choose the operating system that you previously used for executing the application.
  • Save the changes by clicking OK followed by Apply.

You should have been able to run your favourite application in compatibility mode in your new Windows 7 operating system. If this method does not work for you, try the second method, which is executing the program with the help of a virtual machine. You can contact our Windows support desk for any further assistance.

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Windows PC To Get Xbox One Controllers

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The first Xbox console was released in the year 2001, which was Microsoft’s first step into the gaming console market. Some of the latest releases are Xbox One and Xbox 360. There is an online service as well called the Xbox Live online gaming service that enables users to sign in and play Xbox games online. This is available only with a broadband internet connection.

The previous year there was an announcement by a Microsoft spokesperson that Windows PCs would very soon get X Box One controllers that will be compatible with the PC games in 2014. The gaming freaks are very much excited about it and just cannot wait until they get the controllers.

The latest protocol used here is a combination of wireless and wired connection along with some additional features like impulse triggers. The new software has to be optimized and written to support the functionality in PCs, the Microsoft spokesperson said in the statement. There are a few things to be done to make sure that the PC supporting the Xbox 360 controllers are also capable of supporting Xbox One controller. Windows support is also available for any type of issue that you might face in Xbox.

There was some confusion going on about these Xbox One controllers, that some doubted if the announcement was true. Now it is indeed confirmed that PCs are about to get Xbox One Controllers. You just have to wait for the drivers to be installed into the PC. Once they are available, they will work with the current controllers. Xbox does not have plans to make a separate controller that works dedicatedly on Windows PC. It will be the same way as it is with the Xbox 360 controllers; you can similarly use the Xbox One controllers as well.

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Xbox controller for Windows PC

This does not mean that Microsoft will not produce PC SKU of the Xbox One controller, the same way they had done for Xbox 360. The director of product planning Albert Penello replied so, when asked about their plans.

Hryb, the director of Xbox programming, made the confirmation that the Xbox One controllers very soon would be compatible for PC use. However, he did not mention any particular release date leaving the gaming freaks wondering when this would happen.

With the release of the controllers for PC, the PC users would have a great time playing Xbox games on their computer itself.  For more information on Xbox-console, visit the Windows support page.

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Popcorn Time Adds Support For Chromecast On Windows

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Popcorn Time is out of danger for now. This Netflix for pirates is a service that was designed in order to make movie torrenting middle-of-the-road experience that is legally confusing at its best. It was closed down completely after a legal threat. Nevertheless, it looks like Popcorn Time have made a comeback under a new name,Time4Popcorn, along with an app for Android users. It has come further with another major step of releasing a Windows version along with support for Chromecast.

The existing version available is the beta version, developed by Alpha Windows. The use of Chromecast for Popcorn Time at present is developed for early adopters and developers; hence, you might not find it that easy to work initially. Look into the website to find Windows support for Chromecast.

Popcorn Time have always outshined in the Wild West, where illegal pirating is common. The users were offered streamline service for the latest movies to the classic ones. The servers were build in such a way that they would instantly beam the media content to the hard drive. Then, on rebooting the computer this media file will be destroyed, as they are self-destructive media. Some visitors were not aware that the site is a pirated service and the data that they are accessing are pirated as well, since the website looked so legitimate.

Their recent post read that these experiments have put them through plenty of legal hardships, debating over copyright and piracy issues and the shady machinery that does not let them do what they like and also, the legal threats. This is something that they did not desire. But, they still want to continue doing what they want without major issues.

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Apparently undeterred, they have set up two new teams of programmers providing improved Popcorn Time soon after the legal threats, taking up the mantle of the service to provide free content for everyone, which would happen with the development of Time4Popcorn. This would also be available on another version as well currently in the beta stage at

It is not possible to admit that popcorn time is legal, as it is illegal to download a pirated copy of these copyrighted movies. However, the latest service has remained out of any troubles and has stayed away from legal threats so far. However, you need to stay alert if you are using it due to their past record. As for the latest Time4Popcorn, it is ready to start its service with Windows support for Chromecast.

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Google To Include Advanced Features In Chrome 37

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According to latest reports, Google is all set to end its age old technology to display fonts on Web pages in its Chrome browser for Windows. Along with this, the company is also planning to launch more advanced updates that will make its most used browser much more sophisticated and user-friendly.

Hence, it can be said that Windows users would find it much easier and convenient to run the latest version of Chrome browser in their systems. Upon hearing this news, many users started calling the Windows support team to know about the availability and features included in the Chrome for version 37. Sources state that the preview of the updated version will rely on Microsoft’s Direct White technology. Earlier, Microsoft had launched the Direct Write API with its most popular operating system i.e. Windows 7. The company also made the technology available to Windows Vista SP2 and it came to be known as Platform Update. Compared to Windows 7, Windows XP doesn’t support Direct White.

Earlier, Google used to rely on Microsoft’s Graphical Device Interface (GDI), which was a core component of Windows since this technology was launched in 1985. Of late, there have been many speculations regarding the launch of an updated version with an array of new and advanced features that were unheard of in any of the versions prior to this. According to the technicians at the Windows support team, the current version of Chrome i.e. Chrome 36 continues to use the Graphical Device Interface to provide texts on the web browser. Hence, it can be said that the 30-year-old technology is soon to get revamped with an array of interesting options.

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According to Emi Eklund, “Chrome 37 adds support for DirectWrite, an API on Windows for clear, high-quality text rendering even on high-DPI displays.” Talking about the long gap between the GDI entry and the availability of the Direct White support, Eklund stated that “The switch to DirectWrite … required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome’s font rendering engine.” Few months ago, several developers had reported about the bug tracker and how they would make Direct Write available to work inside the sandbox.

Now, since Microsoft has already stopped providing support for Windows XP and will be doing the same with Windows 7 the next year, it is quite certain that the latest version of Chrome would be suited for the latest versions. Chrome 37 once launched will definitely provide stiff competition to its counterparts in the market.

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