How to get old XP programs to run smoothly on Surface Pro 3?

Someone I know purchased the Surface Pro 3 and they have reported that some older programs they used to run fine in compatibility mode in Windows 7 are not running well on the Surface Pro 3. These programs run on compatibility mode on the Surface 3, however they run slow and at times unresponsive.

Any suggestion on how to get these older XP programs running as well as they could on the Surface 3?



Thanks everyone. I would also like to add the following, for this particular situation:1)
You can run most applications by going through -> properties and setting it to XP (service pack 2,3)
2)
You should also make them adminstrator to work correctly



Have you tried running the programs in the built-in virtual machine, AKA Hyper-V?
http://everythingsurface.org/how-to-set-up-a-virtual-machine-with-your-surface-pro



Get him to upgrade those programs for newer versions that are supported, or replace them with alternatives that work under newer OS's. There's no point being nostalgic and keeping everything that is outdated.



100questions, just a thought
what type of programs? Graphics intensive?
It could also be possible that your Surface Pro 3? SSD is struggling?
Is this a 32 bit or x64 bit ?
How much storage is on your SSD?
windows 8 or windows 8.1
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-au/products/surface-pro-3
Graphics play a big part of smooth usage.
Graphics (integrated)Intel
SSD.<< may need defragging?
As this surface pro should have the Trim enabled automatically, but possibly it is running maintenance. Optimizing the SSD... Trim etc.
You can force Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) to evaluate your disks to see if you have an SSD by simply running the WINSAT (Windows System assessment) Tool.
http://www.urtech.ca/2013/12/solved-how-to-run-winsat-in-windows-8-1/
Defragging an SSD on windows 8
http://www.urtech.ca/2013/12/solved-windows-8-and-defraging-ssds/



Surface 3 is likely not fast enough to handle the load.
Windows 8 like windows 7 tends to run most XP programs without any issue. The ones with the issue, using XP Mode in windows 7 works pretty good.. If not perfect. But the Surface, is really just a glorified tablet, which isn't quite strong enough to run most PC based applications.

Keep in mind a surface pro 3 that is an I7 with 8GB DDR3 should run this no problem in compatibility mode.. Where as a Surface Pro 3 with the I3 processor and 4GB DDR3 will struggle..

You get what you pay for..
Ultimately, if you are intending to use this software across the board, upgrade the software, however, if you using this software on one persons tablet, you could optionally use better hardware. (If you are using the bargain version)



It is no performance problem, no indication yet, at least. We are talking about programs with incompatibilities.
Virtualize an instance of xp and you'll do just fine. Or abandon these old softwares.

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