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Windows 7 display corruption for old application

We have recently found an old application which has been working fine on Windows XP but on Windows 7 the dropdown menus appear truncated.

Windows 7 has many options for making old applications work in the compatibility settings which affect the way the application runs with regard to network, folder and computer access. But does actually affect the display used, as it is controlled separately in Windows 7.

The answer is to change the display settings for Windows itself so it uses a theme which is better at backward compatibility. Just right click on the desktop and select Personalize (yes the American spelling!) and select the 'Windows Classic' theme. Unfortunately this removes some of the fancy display features in Windows 7 but at least your application will display properly.

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