Combofix system compatibility is one of the most frequently asked questions on our site. More specifically, visitors typically inquire about Combofix’s compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
The purpose of this page is to answer this and other frequently asked questions regarding Combofix’s compatibility with the latest two Windows releases, 8.1 and 10.
Combofix Most Frequently Asked Compatibility Questions
Q: Is Combofix compatible with 8.1/10?
A: No. Combofix is not compatible with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. In fact, is it very unlikely Combofix will ever be compatible with these versions, or any future Windows updates. There are alternative to Combofix that run on these versions of Windows. See below for more details on alternatives.
Q: Which versions of Windows is Combofix compatible with?
A: Windows XP, 7, Vista, 8
Note: Combofix is no longer compatible with Windows 2000
Q: What happens if I try to run by Combofix on an incompatible version of Windows?
A: A message box like the one below will appear, and you will be forced to close the program. As you can see from the warning message below, you are run risk of damaging your PC
Q: What is the best Combofix alternative with compatible with Windows 8.1/10
A: The best alternative to Combofix for Windows 8.1 users it ADW cleaner by While ADWcleaner is not quite as powerful as Combofix, it does provide many of same features, and is a solid malware remover compatible with Windows 8.1/10.
Couple other good Combofix alternatives are:
- Spybot- Search & Destroy
How to ‘trick’ Combofix into running on Windows 8.1/10?
Although Combofix is not compatible with Windows 8.1/10, some users have found a ‘work-around’ to get the software to run on these systems. These approach is not sanctioned by Combofix’s developer, and we strongly advise against using these methods. These methods also do not work for a large percentage of users. However, In the spirit of full information, we have included a video showing a user running Combofix on Windows 10. Although the video example shows Windows 10; the same steps would apply for Windows 8.1.
The approach forces Combofix to run in Windows ‘Compatiblity Mode’. Combofix warns users about this, see image below.
We strongly advise you not to the methods shown in this video! Do so at your own risk!
If you are looking for a more comprehensive review of Combofix’s features, check our review page.