Most programs which ran in Windows Vista, will run in Windows 7 or Windows 8. However if you find that the program still does not run properly, you should check run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter in Windows 8 | 7.
Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
To access it, Open Control Panel > All Control Items. You will see the Run programs made for previous versions of Windows, under Programs & Features.
Click on it to open the Windows Program Compatibilty Troubleshooter. If you use it frequently, you can also create aProgram Compatibility Troubleshooter desktop shortcut.
Click Next or the Advanced option, if you don’t want things to be fixed automatically. Windows will try to detect programs you may be facing problems with.
Select the one you want and click Next. The Troubleshooter will analyze and present a list of problems.
Click on Next to fix the problems.
Windows 8 or Windows 7 will try to resolve the issues and or alternatively offer you additional recourses.
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Access or launch any file or folder from Windows taskbar
The Windows operating system allows you to Access or launch any file or folder from taskbar easily. Rather than going through the Start Menu, there is an easy way to launch your Computer and access any file or folder from the Windows 7 taskbar.
Create Computer toolbar on Taskbar
To do so, right click on the Taskbar > select Toolbars > New Toolbar.
In the ‘New Toolbar Choose a folder’ windows which pops up, select Computer and click on Select Folder.
Near your notification area, you will see a new toolbar ‘Computer’, from which you will be able to access any file or folder.
Try it out and see, you will find that it gives you quick access to all your files and folders easily. Works just fine on Windows too!