Running legacy applications in Windows 2000

Follow this procedure to get applications like Office 97 to run within Windows 2000 Professional.

If you are having problems running certain applications within Windows 2000 Professional (i.e., Office 97):

  • Open the Local Security policy found in the Administrative tools menu.
  • Right click Security Settings and choose Import Policy.
  • Choose compatws and click Open.
  • Reboot your computer and the application should work.

    In a domain situation, create a group policy and apply the compatws to the appropriate Organizational Unit (OU).


  • This was first published in November 2001

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