Create a program compatibility troubleshooting desktop shortcut

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Programs or applications developed for earlier versions of Windows may also work in higher versions of Windows, but some may work poorly or not at all. As a last resort, you can try running Program Compatibility Troubleshooter to simulate the behavior of earlier versions of Windows when an older program does not work properly. The program can be better adapted to an older version of Windows. Program compatibility troubleshooting allows you to test your program in different modes (environments) and with different settings. This allows you to emulate earlier versions of Windows so that a program thinks it is running on the operating system it needs.

We have already seen how compatibility troubleshooting programs works under Windows 10 / 8 / 7. If you need to run this wizard frequently instead of opening the Control Panel each time, you can create the shortcut on your desktop.

Program compatibility

June 2021 Update:

We now recommend using this tool for your error. Additionally, this tool fixes common computer errors, protects you against file loss, malware, hardware failures and optimizes your PC for maximum performance. You can fix your PC problems quickly and prevent others from happening with this software:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.


Right-click an empty area on your desktop. Choose New > Shortcut. In the first field of the shortcut wizard, copy the following into the field :

%systemroot%system%system32msdt.exe -id PCWDiagnostic

Click Next. Shortcut name: Shortcut Compatibility and click Finish.

Then select an appropriate icon.

That’s it!

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