Create Program Compatibility Troubleshooter desktop shortcut

Programs or applications designed for earlier versions of Windows may also work in higher versions of Windows, but some may run poorly or not at all. As a last resort, one can try running the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter to simulate the behavior of earlier versions of Windows, if an older program is not running correctly. It might be the case that, the program is better suited for a legacy version of Windows. The Program Compatibility Troubleshooter lets you test your program in different modes (environments) and with various settings. It lets you emulate earlier versions of Windows so that a program thinks it’s running on the operating system it requires.

We have already seen how the Programs Compatibility Troubleshooter works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. If you need to run this wizard frequently, rather than opening the Control Panel every time, you may want to create its shortcut on your Desktop.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter desktop shortcut

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter shortcut

To do so, right-click on an empty area on your desktop. Select New > Shortcut. In the first box of the Create Shortcut Wizard, copy-paste the following in the box:

%systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id PCWDiagnostic

Click Next. Name the shortcut : Compatibility Shortcut and click Finish.

Then select an appropriate icon for it.

That’s it!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.