Follow Up on High Resolution Displays

In my earlier post on High Resolution LCDs I mentioned one of the problems is that with a true high-resolution display often applications don’t work right.

It turns out that Vista does have support for helping in this situation, but it only turns on if you say your display is 120dpi or greater. Kam has the step-by-step instructions for enabling high-DPI support on Vista on his blog as well as more details about what is going on.

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  1. Old post, I know, but while you’re at it, could you please look into why it was possible to set *any* DPI in Windows XP (even less that the 100% 96 DPI), and why that is no longer possible in Windows 7?
    I know that most people don’t care about this – they only want their fonts to be “big and readable”, but I like my display to be configured to “perfection”, not to “readability”. I *NEED* to set the DPI in Windows 7 to 90 (less than 96) – that is the closest integer value to the actual PPI of my monitor at it’s optimum resolution. Setting the DPI to 90 in Windows XP worked perfectly, but with Windows 7, I have to go hunting for registry values, and even then, the font “MS Sans Serif” in some dialogs gets replaced with the default “System” font – this is probably because the bitmap font “MS Sans Serif” in Windows 7 doesn’t have a resolution lower than 8 points (which I assume is used for 96 DPI) ? Then why bother with bitmap fonts anymore? And why did I not see this problem in Winows XP?

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