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Make software think I have windows 7

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Hi, I have a software that I need to install and it checks for windows 7, is there a way to make the software thinks i'm using windows 7 ?

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you can try this:

run regedit
navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

double click on CurrentVersion, change value to 6.1
double click on CurrentBuild and CurrentBuildNumber and change value to 7600

then try to install program, if it sucseeds, revert these values back to normal

*note this might not work if installer checks kernel itself for version

Edited by vinifera, 13 November 2012 - 07:25 AM.

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Right-click the installer, Properties, Compatibility, Run this program in Compatibility mode for: Windows 7


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As was suggested, you can simply right click the application or the shortcut, select properties, and set it to run in Windows 7 compatibility mode under the compatibility tab. This essentially masks the Windows version and reports to the application that you are running Windows 7.

If for whatever reason this does not work, you can get far more detailed in how the compatibility issues are resolved using the Application Compatibility Toolkit. With ACT you can customize in detail what incompatible settings are mitigated. For example, you can set it to inform your application that you are running Windows 7 and that the Program Files are located in Program Files (x86) rather than Program Files to help resolve an application which worked in Windows 7 32 bit but will not work in Windows 8 64 bit. You can find guides and instructions on how to use ACT to resolve compatibility issues in the Application Compatibility Center on the Springboard Site on TechNet.
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