Disable Program Compatibility Assistant in Windows 7

The Program Compatibility Assistant in Windows 7 detects known compatibility issues in older programs. After you have run an older program in Windows 7, it notifies you if there is a problem and offers to fix it the next time you run the program. If you install programs often, then this can become a nuisance for you as it often shows warning messages about program compatibility. If you find the Program Compatibility Assistant to be a headache, then you can disable it. Here is how :

  1. Press the key combination Windows logo key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. In the Run Dialog, type gpedit.msc and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

    Run Dialog in Windows 7

  3. In the Group Policy Editor, open User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Application Compatibility as shown.

    Group Policy Editor

  4. Double-click on Turn Off Program Compatibility Assistant in the right side pane. In the window that opens up, select Enable option.

    Disabling Program Compatibility Assistant in Group Policy Editor

  5. Click OK to save the settings.