Program not working? Hardware not supported? Use Windows 8 Compatibility Centre To Find Out!

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We’ve been using Windows 8 for a while, however we’ve found some old hardware and software that were working good with Microsoft’s previous Windows system like windows 7 / windows vista / windows xp are having problems when ported to the latest windows 8 system, in other words windows 8 is having compatibility issues with these hardware/programs. If your favorite programs are not compatible with windows 8, you’ll have to look for alternatives for them, or simply stay with earlier windows 7 system. We’ve already learnt that without patches some Anti-Virus programs would cause Windows 8 Blue Screen Of Death.

So the questions is how do you know if a certain program is Windows 8 compatible? Do you have to try to install them one by one and run them in order to find out if they are incompatible with windows 8? Definitely not. Microsoft has built up a database with public access so everyone can use it to check the compatibility with all current hardware and software.

Follow the link to visit Windows 8 compatibility centre:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/

It’s simple to use, you can either browse the product categories or search for a specific product in the top search bar, you can easily find out weather your hardware/software are compatible with windows 8 or not in this way before actually getting windows 8 installed or getting a new computer with windows 8 pre-installed.

All our desktop computers are fitted with components that are windows 8 compatible. However if you have old hardware, eg. printers/scanners, that you are still would like to use with the new one, it’ll be the best to use windows 8 compatibility checkup prior. 

10 thoughts on “Program not working? Hardware not supported? Use Windows 8 Compatibility Centre To Find Out!

  1. Russell says:

    Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us
    so I came to look it over. Took me a while to figure out how to shut dnow my computer with windows 8. LOL I’m definitely loving the hotkeys listed here. Fantastic tips.

  2. Jenwin says:

    I’m not sure what the ‘blue screen of death’ is, but it sounds like something to avoid at all costs! Thanks for the link to the compatibility site. I just checked it out and noticed the ratings were based on community reviews. How reliable do you think these are?

    • Intotheabyss says:

      Jenwin, I think those ratings re pretty reliable. Did you click on any? If you do that you’ll see any issues people post are answered fully. I suppose there will always be a small number of people who don’t rate something as compatible, but if the margin is negligible I’d trust it.

      • Jenwin says:

        Thanks. I hadn’t clicked onto the actual reviews when I wrote the previous message. I see that some hardware does seem to have a good chance of working fine, but there are some items that barely make 50%. Luckily for me I have a couple of things that get decent reviews so I feel more confident abut switching to Windows 8.

  3. betsyblue says:

    It’s a useful tool isn’t it? I’ve just bought a new printer so, before I decide whether to get Windows 8 or not, I can check and see if it’s compatible.

    • Jacks says:

      Yes, good to know before you discover you need to buy yet another printer! This is also very useful for people with old equipment that works well. I don’t like upgrading things for the sake of it.

  4. Heartland says:

    This is a great resource. I noticed on the link landing page that some products have a green circle with a check, and others have a Microsoft logo showing compatibility. Do these icons have the same meanings?

    • Swift says:

      I checked out the page and it seems to me that they do have the same meaning. Perhaps the Microsoft icons refer to products that are automatically okay and the green circle means they are software made by someone else?

      • Heartland says:

        Thanks Swift. That makes perfect sense, guess I was just a bit confused when I saw they had two different icons. I really want to avoid the blue screen issue!

  5. betsyblue says:

    I’ve actually decided against installing Windows 8 anytime soon. It seems that there are still a lot of wrinkles to be ironed out. How many more programs are going to cause problems I wonder?

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