Navigate to the directory that contains the program executable.
(For this example Im using WinZip)
Right click on the program executable (it ends in .exe) and click [Properties]
A screen similar to the one below should appear.
Click the [Compatibility] tab to open the WINZIP32.EXE property sheet.
Click the [Run this program in compatibility mode for:] box and select the operating system you wish to invoke compatibility for from the drop-down menu.
If you want to place restrictions on colors, screen resolution, or visual themes pertaining to this program use the appropriate check boxes.
Click [Apply] then [OK] to exit the property sheet.
Test the application and if necessary change your selection to a different operating system until you find the compatibility mode which offers the greatest stability.