If your favorite program does not run in Windows 8 / 7 or if it does not run the way it ran in Windows Vista or Windows XP, here is what you may try to make program run in compatibility mode.
Make program run in compatibility mode
Right click on the program or program shortcut icon and select Properties.
Select Compatibility tab and from the Compatibility mode section, check in the Run this program in compatibility mode for and from the drop-down menu, select the version of Windows in which you knew this program to work.
Click Apply > OK.
This should help!
The Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter may also help you.