Windows Scaling on Retina displays

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  1. Dj64Mk7 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey! I was wondering how the scaling in Winndows works on Retina displays. For example, is 100% scaling running the display at its native (best for retina) resolution? And 200% half of the native resolution?

    Thanks. This is so brief because I'm sending it from my iPhone.
     
  2. doynton macrumors 6502

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    200% in Windows looks like "Best for retina" on OSX.

    100% in Windows is native (and everything is tiny).
     
  3. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would 200% introduce issues with certain programs that I've heard about, as far as scaling Win32 apps? Or is that only an issue when using a scale between 100% and 200%?
     
  4. Hog Milanese macrumors regular

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    I've noticed issues with some older programs. You have to right-click on the EXE and change the properties related to scaling.
     
  5. doynton macrumors 6502

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    You don't say what version of Windows you are using or planning to use. 10 (or 8) is much better than 7 when it comes to hDPI. There are very few programs I use that have any issue.
     
  6. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Windows 10. I thought that would be assumed, since it seems like mist people here like to be on the latest version of everything. How do apps from the Store (especially those optimized for Windows 10 universal) compare to programs from other "outside" sources?
     
  7. doynton macrumors 6502

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    I'm on 10 too. All store apps are fine (I use 200% scaling on rMBP 13"). The vast majority of other (Win32) programs are fine also (Office etc).

    I've had problems only with mini-tool partition wizard and some old sys-internals utilities. It looks like these have hard coded the number of pixels rather than using vector scaling.

    Some bits of the Windows UI also come up a bit blurry. There is a fix here http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/65714-Fix-Blurry-Fonts-in-Windows-10-DPI-Scaling-Fix but I've not tried it yet as it only happens in parts of control panel which is being phased out anyway.
     
  8. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would 200% scaling leave me with results similar to "best for retina", where apps and images that aren't optimized will appear blurry but everything optimized will look crisp and beautiful?
     
  9. throAU macrumors 601

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    it doesn't work too badly, until you try and run a hi-dpi display and a regular dpi display in a multi monitor setup.

    then it's a complete joke (you get the blurriness)
     
  10. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't you just set the low PPI display to 100%? Displays can have completely different scaling levels since Windows 10.
     
  11. throAU macrumors 601

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    Windows 10 - oh i forgot about that.

    I'm talking 8.1, have ditched windows since 10 came out, Microsoft are not getting their software on anything i own.
     
  12. Dj64Mk7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It seems that you dislike Microsoft. Why is that?
     
  13. interstella macrumors regular

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    I'm also curious! Windows 10 is, IMHO, the best thing they've done since XP. I run it using Parallels on a 13"rMBP and it runs perfectly. I only need it for 3 or 4 programs that have no suitable Mac alternative but, even so, I'm very impressed.

    Having said that, after 2 years of OS X, I wouldn't go back to Windows on a full-time basis.
     
  14. doynton macrumors 6502

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    You could try this fix Solved Blurry text - Page 5

    Their settings were too small for me on 13" rMBP so I changed the scaling to 200% (which is 192 decimal or C0 in hex for the LogPixels key).

    Works fine for me and the blur has gone (on second screen also).

    Code:
    GOTO EndComment
      DPI------>Scale Factor
    
     96(x60)--->100%
    120(x78)--->125%
    144(x90)--->150%
    192(xC0)--->200% ** Current**
    
    Every 25% of the scale factor corresponds to a difference of 24 dpi (120-96)
    :EndComment
    
    REG ADD "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v DpiScalingVer /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00001018 /f
    REG ADD "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v Win8DpiScaling /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001 /f
    REG ADD "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v LogPixels /t REG_DWORD /d 0x000000C0 /f
     

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