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I have a few games that don't offer window mode in the options.
Is there any way to force the games to play in window mode instead of fullscreen?
Going to .exe's properties checking the compability doesn't help either.
Any ideas on what I can do to fix this?
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Aug 3, 2011 at 22:03
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Perhaps not surprisingly, it depends entirely on the game(s). A solution that works for one game may not work for another, so you’ll have to see what works for whichever games you want to force windowed.
Some games natively support a windowed mode
Through the options menu
An in-game window-restore button (
) Via a command-line option (e.g.,
Alt+ Enter hotkey By editing a configuration file
Running it in a virtual-machine (DOSBox, VirtualBox, VMWare, VirtualPC, etc.) may be a practical solution depending on the game and what kind of performance profile it has.
Another option is to run the game with a graphics emulator/wrapper that intercepts calls to DirectX/OpenGL/Glide/etc.
Oct 1, 2012 at 0:48
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Only thing I can think of is running the games in a Virtual Machine. The VM can be windowed and therefore full screens games inside the VM will
appear windowed on your host PC.
You will however probably take a performance hit, especially if it is newer games you're looking at.
Aug 3, 2011 at 22:15
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You should check in the program folders for the settings.ini files or similar. I often find a line in the that says fullscreen = 1.
Just change that to a 0 and you should be in windowed mode.
Aug 3, 2011 at 23:54
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Find the shortcut for the computer game you want to play in windowed mode instead of full screen.
Right click on the shortcut and select Properties.
In the Target field, add
-window at the end.
Alternatively, press Alt+Enter while in game. If running Windows 7, right-click on the game shortcut and run it as administrator.
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