If you've never been much of a runner and now your knees hurt it's because you're doing too much too soon.
Everyone has a different walking gait, you see people walking in really odd ways, would anyone think to try and change the way they/you walk?
Run however feels natural to you.
The biggest improvement I saw in my running (times and reduced effort and knee pain) was to increase my cadence to 180 steps per minute (90 of each leg) from my beginners style of around 120 - shorter, quicker strides landing under my body rather than out in front.
I'd always (at the beginning) tried big long strides which meant landing in front of my body causing extra g-force on landing as I was effectively braking my whole body weight for a split second each stride.
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