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Opening the command prompt ("cmd") on Vista into full screen causes the application to take up 100% vertical space, but only about 50% horizontal. Is there not a way I can make this fullscreen? If it's simply not possible, what is a good replacement?

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This article explains how to do it in Vista

In short you need to specify the screen resolution manually in the Display Options.

Replacement? Powershell of course.

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Powershell won't go into fullscreen either... –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 17 '09 at 15:57
@Jonathan - ACtually you can according to this thread: serverfault.com/questions/21367?sort=newest For some reason Powershell is toast on my Windows 7 so I can't confirm right now :( –  Diago Jul 17 '09 at 16:01
Strange. I'm using Powershell v1.0, but don't see any options for Fullscreen. I'm downloading v2 CTP 3 now. –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 17 '09 at 16:11
Other than playing around with fonts, I don't see a way to get PS fullscreen. :-( –  Brian Knoblauch Jul 17 '09 at 16:58

For a replacement, you could look at Take Command, it has both a normal console replacement, and a windowy tool where you can open multiple tabs with individual console sessions.

Take Command

You can of course turn off all those extra things so that you only have the console part.

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It’s a graphics driver issue. Vista uses hardware acceleration for the desktop, which is why the graphic card cannot switch to text mode (the system would lose track of the desktop). If you have an older VGA that doesn’t support Direct X 10, you should be able to use fullscreen text mode.

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Umm.. If you have Vista(i have 7) you could install the graphics driver for XP in XP compatiblity mode under Vista. Then, it will install the same - for XP, but you lose Aero interface. And then, you get the amazing Fullscreen mode in CMD!

PS:This will eventually work, i am responsible for any damage or poofs that crush your graphics. If such happens, please tell me. I will help you or if i don't know how to restore, you must stay in this poof or reinstall vista driver. Crushed.

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ehhh........ No. –  William Hilsum Dec 5 '09 at 13:49

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