For most people, there wonâ€™t be any compatibility issues when making the move to Windows 7, especially since the new OS â€“ like Vista -Â allows you to run applications in a special â€œcompatibility modeâ€ if needed. That mode is available from the programâ€™s â€œPropertiesâ€ (right-click the executable to access) on the Compatibility tab.
However, thereâ€™s still a chance that some legacy programs may not work on Windows 7 or may only function in Windows XP Mode, the new feature that lets you run XP-only apps right in Windows 7. If youâ€™re unsure about any of your applications, you may want to check the new Windows 7 Compatibility Center. Although not live yet, this site will soon feature an extensive list of applications and their compatibility status.
The site will officially launch on October 22nd â€“ the same day Windows 7 goes live. Itâ€™s definitely worth bookmarking if there are any apps youâ€™re concerned about.