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Force higher resolution in Windows 8.1

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    Windows 8.1

    Force higher resolution in Windows 8.1


    This is my first post here and I'm hoping someone can help me out. I have an Acer Aspire P3-171 ultrabook/tablet with Windows 8.1 on it. I frequently rely on multitasking to effectively get things done. As such, I find myself wanting to run 3 apps simultaneously, which is only supported at 1500 or higher resolution. My lovely PC only gets.

    I've seen tricks to force computers up to a resolution of 1024 to support Metro at all, but nothing for my scenario. I understand the physical limitations of my display, but am hoping to find a fix or registry tweak that will allow me to run 3 apps at one time. I will even settle for a software work around

    Thanks in advance!

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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition

    Hi there and welcome to Eight Forums,

    That's a good question you've asked there. I'm not so sure though the screen resolution of your device is the bottleneck here.

    On my 24inch desktop monitor I can run 3 apps at one time with a screenresolution of 1920x1080. On my 10.1inch Surface Pro 2 monitor I can only run 2 apps at one time with a screenresolution of 1920x1080.

    So my guess would be that your screen must have a certain inch width before you can run 3 apps at the same time.


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    Windows 8.1

    Not to be that guy, but multiple reviews of the Surface Pro 2 mention it running 3 apps at one--which is largely why I wanted one.

    I don't believe there is a inches restriction since PCs see pixels as a measurement of size. Even if there is one, I'm still interested in pursuing a higher resolution. I saw in my registry that a display mode of 1600x900 was supported, but I cannot enable it on my device.

    EDIT: The registry key I'm talking about is located at:


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    Windows 8.1

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    bumping thread again.
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