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Windows 7 starter came pre-installed on my netbook. I want to reduce the text DPI setting from Medium (125%) to Smaller (100%) so that certain windows will fully fit on the screen.

I have gone to the Control Panel, Display and tried changing this using the "Smaller" radio button as well as the "Set Custom Text Size (DPI)" screen. In both cases I apply the change and then log off, as requested.

However when I log in again, the font size remains as Medium, it is still selected and active when I return to the Display screen. I have also tried a proper reboot after applying the change, no difference.

Is this just one more stupid restriction specific to Windows 7 starter, or am I missing something?

(Upgrading Win7 is simply not an option for me at present.)

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Well, according the Microsoft, DPI scaling "Applies to all editions of Windows 7" - so I believe it should be possible to do this.

You could try changing the DPI setting directly in the registry.
Instructions are taken from here (option 2), but in summary:

  • Open RegEdit and find
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\FontDPI

  • Modify the LogPixels value. Specifically, edit it as a decimal value, and use one of the "normal" scaling values to avoid problems:

    • Small (100%) = 96
    • Medium (125%) = 120
    • Larger (150%) = 144
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You can create a new account in the user setting, the new account will function properly in terms of the DPI setting.

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