I have a screen of 17" not panoramic (37.5cm x 18cm) with a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024. I had windows 7 installed and everything looked ok in a resolution of 1024x748.
I installed windows 7 and the system recommended me the maximum resolution (1280x1024) which made windows looks great but texts were too small. So I changed to big the text in the win-7 init tasks but not all the programs are using this size. For instance Firefox has a very small text and specially samll images due to a high resolution. I know I can use ctlr + + to increase it, but I can't change it in other programs and it is a little bit annoying to change it on every start. If I change to a lower resolution (the lower one which keeps the ratio aspect is 1024x748) everything looks a little bit blurry.
So my question is how have you configured your resolution (which value) and font size to see the text and images in a properly size in a similar screen and windows 7.