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Scaling (DPI) of Windows 8 Desktop changes

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    Scaling (DPI) of Windows 8 Desktop changes


    Hey.

    My "Change the size of all items" is set to smaller. This makes everything appear fine. However whenever I restart the PC, or turn on the PC, all of the desktop programs and cursor are incorrect (ie. everything bigger than it should be) on my left hand monitor. Changing the main display, or changing the resolution back and fro fixes the problem, but gets annoying after a while. Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Alex

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    What if you switched the Monitors, what do you have in the other Monitor, the Start Screen? Can you switch positions?

    How are they plugged in, is this SLI or connections on the same Video card... HDMI. SVGA or Component?
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    I can get the start screen on both, it does not affect metro, just desktop stuff. Both monitors are plugged in to one graphics card, via HDMI. The problem was not there on Windows 7 or 8. Since installing 8.1 I've had to reduce the DPI scaling of both the desktop and metro items on the left monitor to display things correctly.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    So it only happens on 8.1? I would switch back to 8.

    I know what it is, 8.1 has an Automatic Scaling vector added, and this supersedes what you set. It's made to keep the scaling the same for whatever Monitor you plug in.

    I'll have to see how to shut off the Automatic Scaling in 8.1.

    Read this tutorial and see if it shows you how to deal with it:

    DPI Scaling Size - Change for Displays in Windows 8.1

    This article tells you HOW to disable it:

    How DPI Scaling works in Windows 8.1 | Ghacks


    Click the Box that says "Let me choose the scaling level for all displays" - Try that and see what happens.
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    Tried that. Same problem:

    Click image for larger version

    Seems to only be the cursor and actual desktop programs though. Explorer windows are fine.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well, it's still caused by this Automatic Scaling feature. I'll ask Shawn for other ways it can be disabled.

    You are checking "Let Me Choose" the scaling level for all displays? Maybe the Scal;ing that it is snapping to is what Windows 8 detects as the best Visibility for the Desktop in connection to how Start Screen looks. Maybe "Let Me Choose For all" MEANS for all- What you need are individual settings for each Monitor.

    Since I don't have 8.1 yet, I have asked for some help, I won't be able to dissect this problem until I can get a new DVD Drive for my Test machine and install 8.1.

    So if anyone else knows about this so called "Boon" please jump in!
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    Weird. Seems to have worked on this boot up - it didn't last boot. Will be interesting to see if it maintains the correct DPI. I'll get back to you.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Sometimes it takes a reboot to set a change like that, keep your eyes on it and post back if it starts up again.
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    Seems to be on random boot ups. Turned back on for approx the 4th time since it last happened, and it's messed up again. Really confusing as to why it does this!
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Me too, someone else had the same problem I told him to shut off the Automatic Scaling and it worked. Maybe it's just a finicky Video Card and Monitor. Make sure you are not running any Beta Video Drivers, especially nVidia.

    Try doing an "SFC /SCANNOW" from admin command prompt (Hit windows key + X).
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