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Windows XP DPI changed to HUGE, cannot navigate at all

I made an error and in the advanced section of the control panel under screen resolution, the DPI was changed to 300 percent of normal! Now, I can't do a thing. All I see on the screen is the very bottom of what should be the desktop window (the turn off computer option is there and HUGE), I cannot even get to the switch user area, cannot navigate at all or get back to the control panel because none of that will fit on the screen now and I do not know how to change it back. Help!

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Boot into safe mode with F8 key after post. Then delete the video driver. Restart the computer and reinstall your video driver.

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Hi pigeon...

can you right click on any empty area of the desktop at all?

if you can, and you can see all the menu options, click on properites... that will give you the screen options where you can change the settings.

have you tired scrolling up and down on your desktop? sometimes the desktop size won't change even if the screen resolution does.

if you can't do any of this, you will probably have to reboot the computer and use the f8 key to boot into safe mode... there you should have a normal screen and can change the settings the same way as you did before, in the 'general' tab is where you can set the percentage... choose normal size : ) and if you've made any changes to the resolution, pick the lowest one possible and reboot normally.

let me know if you need any more help on this!

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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    Kathleen Bota Feb 13, 2009


    you absolutely DO NOT need to delete your video driver!!


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1. Reboot Your PC
2. Before Windows XP loading screen appears - repeatedly press F8 - this will activate the boot menu
3. Choose Safe Mode (only Safe Mode - not one of the other options)
4. Wait for Windows to finish loading
5. Right click on the desktop and choose Properties
6. Alter the DPI back to what you require.
7. Choose Start Menu - Restart
8. Now when Windows reloads everything should be back to normal.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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