After installing Windows 8.1 update, a lot of applications, like Chrome, Skype, etc. looks blurry. How do I fix it?

For example, (bigger image here):

Blurry windows


2 Answers 2


Fix: You should disable scaling by opening properties of the application/short cut.

Disable scaling

Even better is to disable the DPI scaling by the custom sizing option:

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    Disabling DPI scaling (the second option) worked perfectly for me. Thank you so much, was driving me crazy!!
    – AJ.
    Oct 21, 2013 at 13:05
  • Should it be 100% or higher? Jul 13, 2015 at 14:26

The blurry text is caused by the new DPI scaling which is added in 8.1.

Set the size back to 100% and this fixes the issue.

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    Setting the size back to 100% strains my eyes thats the reason why i changed the size in the first place, I have found the solution thats disabling auto DPI scalling, look at my updated answer!
    – Dhana
    Oct 19, 2013 at 18:26
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    This is not new in Windows 8.1 -- display scaling has been with us since at least Vista. And a Surface and similar device really needs scaling, which worked just fine on 8.0. I think there must be more to this story, because 125% scaling in 8.0 was fine (and necessary); 8.1 is all fuzzy.
    – Jon Watte
    Nov 22, 2013 at 16:57
  • in 8.1 the scaling was changed to make it independent for each monitor. Vista till 8.0 the setting was applied for all monitors. Nov 22, 2013 at 18:00

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