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Workaround for metro apps not launching and enabling side-by-side apps

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    Workaround for metro apps not launching and enabling side-by-side apps


    Minimum resolution for fully working Metro UI is 1024x768. But most current touch devices out there have resolution of 1024x600 or smaller, which means that we could not enjoy testing new metro UI.

    Fortunately, Intel added a feature into their drivers that allows you to get bigger resolution on same screen. Of course enabling that means odd looking screen (due to aspect ratio differences) and slightly reduced performance. But I guess It's OK for testing until we get something better. This works only for Intel graphics, so ION or any other non-intel graphics users, you are out of luck. Let's start:

    1. Install latest drivers for your graphics. Windows 8 may already have latest drivers installed, but it's better to play safe and install latest drivers. Of course pick Windows 7 ones, since there are no drivers specifically for Windows 8 available yet.

    2. Swipe left from right side of the screen to get little menu. Select "Search".

    3. In search menu select "Apps" and type "regedit" (without quotes) into search box.

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    4. On left side you should get one result with text "regedit". Tap on it. If you get any UAC dialogs, accept it.

    5. Registry Editor will open. Go to Edit --> Find and enter "Display1_DownScalingSupported" into search box. Make sure that all 3 checkboxes are checked (Keys, Values and Data). Start search.

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    6. After some seconds of searching, it should find an entry. On the right pane, you should see Display1_DownScalingSupported entry. Double tap on it, enter 1 under "Value data" and press OK.

    If you are using Consumer Preview, skip points 7-9. It does not work anymore.

    7. On the left pane scroll to the top and then find HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\AppPositioner (tap on arrow next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, then on arrow next to Software etc.)

    8. If you see "AlwaysEnableLSSnapping" on the right side, double click on it. Otherwise right click on the pane (hold your finger until you see square appear around it) and select New --> DWORD Value. Name the new value "AlwaysEnableLSSnapping" (without quotes) and double click on it.

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    9. Like in step 6, enter 1 under "Value data:" and confirm.

    10. Reboot your computer.

    11. Go into display options. You should now see new resolution options. Select any resolution that is 1024x768 or higher and you should get fully working metro UI

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    Last edited by matejdro; 25 Mar 2012 at 13:11.

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    Interesting. Thanks for posting
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    Australia
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    Windows 8 Dev Preview x64


    This should be very handy for all those users that want to get 8 working on a tablet. Great post!
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    Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04


    Very nice.
    Last edited by JaidynM; 10 Oct 2011 at 02:04.
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    Great post!
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    Windows 8.1 Build 9600


    i tested that on my aspire one d255 netbook but no luck piano opens sits in there for a while....then screen goes green nothing happens then i tap touchpad green screen is gone and back to start menu idk why.... i have updated my media controller driver though
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    Quote Originally Posted by noelian13 View Post
    i tested that on my aspire one d255 netbook but no luck piano opens sits in there for a while....then screen goes green nothing happens then i tap touchpad green screen is gone and back to start menu idk why.... i have updated my media controller driver though
    I did have the same problem and found out the RMClock program was the cause, I used the program for undervolting, while I was using it I couldn't play Piano, you could try disabling programs one by one and find out which program conflicts with Piano and let us know.
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    i just solved my problem hehe i just logged in using my live id account and piano worked
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    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by noelian13 View Post
    i just solved my problem hehe i just logged in using my live id account and piano worked
    Nice!
    I hadn't tried the Piano App recently because, when I first installed Win8 8102 DP back in September, it didn't work.
    I have, in the interim, acquired a Live ID but didn't bother to check out the Piano App again ... until reading your post.

    It does, indeed, now work.
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    Windows 8.1 Build 9600


    Quote Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by noelian13 View Post
    i just solved my problem hehe i just logged in using my live id account and piano worked
    Nice!
    I hadn't tried the Piano App recently because, when I first installed Win8 8102 DP back in September, it didn't work.
    I have, in the interim, acquired a Live ID but didn't bother to check out the Piano App again ... until reading your post.

    It does, indeed, now work.
    glad i helped somehow
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