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Program Windows Scaled up & Pixelated

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    Program Windows Scaled up & Pixelated


    After running the upgrade to Windows 8.1 yesterday, I have ran into this one problem that I just can't solve... that being all non-Windows programs are being scaled up and pixelated... making for an unpleasant sight to the eye.

    Here are some screenshots to some programs with this issue.
    http://images.norcalweather.net/albu...hots/steam.png
    http://images.norcalweather.net/albu...enshots/ca.png
    http://images.norcalweather.net/albu...shots/gre1.png

    (I kept everything on screen in the screenshots so you are able to see the clarity of items outside the program vs. in the program)

    For some reason it's only these non-Windows programs that are doing this. The file explore, system info, control panel, etc. are all their correct scale. I tried to scale things down in the display resolution settings, but that scaled things down too far, and I've been using the same scale settings before Win 8.1 was rolled out.

    I don't know if perhaps this is perhaps just some compatibility issues with Win 8.1, but to see this many programs with the issue makes me wonder if it's something I can edit.

    Anyway, just wanted to see if anyone else has had this issue or if I'm the first.

    Edit:
    Browser wise, Firefox isn't blown up, but Chrome is.

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    I got it figured out. I'll just go through each program, go into the .exe's properties, and change the compatibility settings to force them to scale correctly.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    There is an Automatic Scaling Feature in 8.1 as well, you can choose to shut it off, then the Desktop will stop resizing for each app. It's in "Personalization", look under Displays

    DPI Display Size Settings - Change - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Oct 2013 at 16:26. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Posts : 29
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    There is an Automatic Scaling Feature in 8.1 as well, you can choose to shut it off, then the Desktop will stop resizing for each app. It's in "Personalization", look under Displays

    DPI Display Size Settings - Change - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Thank you!
    I almost went back to Windows 8 until I read this. Worked great!
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  5. #5


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


    Ok, now I know it works! Thank YOU!

    I won't have 8.1 for a few weeks so I have to make educated guesses.
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Program Windows Scaled up & Pixelated
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