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Have later versions of Windows got clearer?

  1. #1


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    Have later versions of Windows got clearer?


    Hi,

    I was wondering as i have installed onto my Acer laptop (5750g, 8gb ram, i5 core) Windows xp
    on a dual boot with Win 7, 8 and Ubuntu. I noticed with xp that the graphics most noticeable text
    is not as clear and not in bold like later versions of Windows like 7 & 8. Has 7 & 8 got clearer and
    brighter? With xp although it is nice to use this, It does give me a headache if i use for too long. It is
    quite a relief to use Windows 8 again as it is easer to read as text etc is so much clearer and brighter

    Andy

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  2. #2


    Maryland USA
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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Its probably just using a different font, some fonts are just horrid and eye straining..

    Could also be better video graphics either via driver or monitor..
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yes, this is also from vista and up due to the ClearType technology that xp used primarily for LCD monitors. Boobtube monitors back then couldn't render crisp text that well unlike LCD screens, so ClearType was made to adapt UI fonts to such. By default, I believe xp didn't use that. I THINK an update along the way later on did so, but I'm not sure at all.
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    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Yes, this is also from vista and up due to the ClearType technology that xp used primarily for LCD monitors. Boobtube monitors back then couldn't render crisp text that well unlike LCD screens, so ClearType was made to adapt UI fonts to such. By default, I believe xp didn't use that. I THINK an update along the way later on did so, but I'm not sure at all.
    Yeah, although ClearType is there in XP, I'm pretty sure you're right and it's not switched on by default.

    @andrewandy you may therefore get better results by looking for ClearType in XP and switching it on. I can't remember exactly which option it lives in, but if you right-click on a clear patch of desktop, it's probably somewhere within those options (?).

    Edit: Right-click in clear desktop, select Properties, then the Appearance tab within the dialog. Then the Effects button. You want the tick box for "Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts" (and the drop-down just below it)
    Last edited by DavidY; 30 May 2013 at 06:51.
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    In Windows Vista/7/8, Cleartype is already built in - You can install it to Windows XP and it will clear up your screen the same way.
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    Posts : 76
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    Thank You i shall have a look if i can get cleartype. Thank You again
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I think it is part of Later XP Service Packs - So it shoudl be in your Control Panel, if you have SP2 or SP3. Try this, if you have it, it will work,

    ClearType Tuner Step 1: Turn on Windows XP ClearType
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  8. #8


    Posts : 76
    windows 8 Release Preview


    Hi i did try this but didnt really have much effect
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  9. #9


    Posts : 76
    windows 8 Release Preview


    Was trying to make the text etc in bold but not much happened
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