How to Run Combofix on Windows 10

A more accurate title for this article should be “How to Run Combofix on 10…against the advice of the developer!” I want to be clear. Not only is this approach not sanctioned by sUBs (Combofix developers), they strongly advise against it. So, it goes without saying that you are using this method at your own possible peril.

Keep in mind, this approach may not work for a large number of Windows 10 users. So, do not be surprised if you follow every steps correctly, and end up blank. Oh, as is always when running a powerful, complicated application like Combofix, you may completely wipe out Windows by forcing the situation, and making a mistake. Consider yourself warned! So, if you are a novice or intermediate user, please should heed my warning and exit this page, now!


Welcome to all of you who have not been scared off by my above disclaimers; your ill-advised instructions awaits!

How to Ignore Combofix Compatibility Warnings and Run on Windows 10

The ‘trick’ to running Combofix on Windows 10 is to set the application to run in ‘Compatibiliy Mode’ The only problem is Combofix issues a warning message when attempting to run it in Compatibly Mode. Full instructions are below, or take look at the video on our Combofix Windows Compatibility page.

Running Combofix on Windows 10 Instructions (Proceed at Your Own Risk)

  • Right Click Combofix Desktop Icon
  • Select ‘Compatibility Mode’ (Combofix will promptly warn you!). Windows will give 2 options: Recommended Setting or Troubleshoot
  • Close Warning Message box. Choose ‘Recommended Settings’. Windows will auto-select Windows 8.
  • Enjoy at your own risk!

Visit our Windows Compatibility article to see a video of these steps being performed.

Again, this may not work- And, even if it does, you probably shouldn’t do it!

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