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Solved Windows 8 tiles blurry/out of focus


The Visitor

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Hello all. I just noticed this issue on my computer a few days ago and it's been bothering me. Some of the icons for the tiles on my Windows 8 are blurry. It's nothing major, but they're not as crisp or high resolution as I remember. It's only noticeable when the live tiles are either turned off, or the tiles aren't displaying any updates at the moment.

Here's a picture:
http://i.imgur.com/rWIZb.png


You can see that with Mail, Skydrive, Camera, Maps, Music, and Store, the icons are all a little bit fuzzy and not as high resolution as they should be. This occurs with all other tiles as well when the live function is turned off. Is this intended or not? I know it's minor but it really bothers me.


Thanks for any help you can give me!
 

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HippsieGypsie

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Hi, The Visitor. Welcome to EightForums.

There's been major updates. Did your resolution change by any chance? How about the video driver. Did that update on your machine? Does everything in programs and apps look ok?
 

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The Visitor

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Thanks for the reply Hippsie Gypsie.

No, my resolution is still the same native resolution I've been using. Everything in programs and apps looks fine but then again the icons are tiny squares so I don't think I could tell if they were slightly blurry. As for the drivers, I've updated to the latest intel HD display drivers via device manager (the ones on the intel website are an old version for Windows 8 RP) and I've also updated to the latest release nvidia drivers as well.
 

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HippsieGypsie

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You're quite welcome.

Has this always been this way, or you just noticed? I'm trying to find out when it could've happened. Perhaps after a change you made or an update. It may not even relate. It could be font. Do they remain blurry if changed to rectangles?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

The Visitor

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#6
That did it! Changing the size of the tiles from square to rectangular or vice versa fixed the issue! Now all of the icons are crisp again. Well, almost all. The camera app doesn't have an option to change the size so it's still blurry. Now it's the only one. Unpinning and repinning it does nothing. Gah, so close :(. Thanks a bunch for the suggestion though, it fixed all of the other tiles.

Edit: And for some odd reason Maps has fixed itself too, even though I didn't do anything to it and there's no option to change its size either. I wish I knew how it did it so I could try to do the same thing for the camera app.
 

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HippsieGypsie

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#9
You're quite welcome, The Visitor. Thanks for the rep! -> Most kind of you!

I'm thinking it may have to do something with the font, the size, or corruption of it. I really don't know, for I'm not all that savvy. The next thing I was going to suggest is a to Run the "SFC /SCANNOW" Command at Boot or within Windows 8 as specified in Brink's tutorial: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3047-sfc-scannow-command-run-windows-8-a.html. If this happens again, try that. I think that would be easier. I find all of Brink's tutorials are a great help!

I'm glad you got it fixed. :) See you again on the forums.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1