Most apps and devices created for earlier versions of Windows will work on Windows 8.1. However, if you run into compatibility problems with an app or device, there are several things you can try.
The Action Center in Windows 8.1 can alert you to a variety of problems, from updates or drivers you need to install, to settings that need changing.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search.)
Enter action center in the search box, then tap or click Action Center.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
Go online to the
Compatibility Center for Windows 8.1
to find out if your device or app is compatible with Windows 8.1.
If you're having trouble running an app that worked in a previous version of Windows, you might be able to run it in compatibility mode. For more information, go to Making older programs compatible with this version of Windows.
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