Chapter 9. Using Older Software and Programs

Even though there are already a great many new apps specifically for Windows 8, many of which are completely free, you might still have older desktop programs that you like to use or even brand new desktop programs.

There’s a Desktop tile on the Windows 8 Start screen, but how do you install desktop programs? Do you get it all from the Windows Store, and how can you make sure that the older programs you’ve come to either love or rely on still work?


You can only install desktop programs on your tablet if it is running Windows 8 Pro. If you want to use desktop software, you should ask if it runs the Pro version before making your purchase.

Top Tips from This Chapter

  1. Not all Windows XP programs will work in Windows 8, but you can turn on Compatibility Mode for programs that don’t work properly.

  2. Do not allow program installations unless you specifically intended to install it because it could be malware.

  3. You can uninstall apps and programs directly from the Start screen by right-clicking them, or tapping and dragging down.

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