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How to Run Windows 8 Metro Apps on Netbook[Video]

All those users who owns old Netbooks users unfortunately don’t support 1024 x 768 pixels or higher screen resolution which is a prerequisite to use the new Metro Style user interface. Majority of the previously made netbooks came with 1024 x 600 pixel or lower resolution displays which doesn’t fulfill the requirement of Windows 8 Metro Style Apps.

According to liliputing report a solution has been devised using simple registry hack which may allow you to adjust the screen resolution and run Metro apps.

The good news is that if you’ve downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview to test on your netbook, there’s a simple registry hack that may allow you to adjust the screen resolution and run Metro apps. I’ve tested this hack on an Asus Eee PC 1000H netbook with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and GMA 950 graphics. If you have a different chipset your results may vary.


  1. Go to Windows 8 Start Screen and type regeditwithout the quotes and tap it to launch regedit.
  2. Press Ctrl+F keys to open a search box. Search Display1_DownScalingSupported and wait till it finds that entry. Double-click to check the Value data which should be 0. Change that 0 to 1 and then click OK to close the box.


  3. Now press F3 to search for any additional entries of Display1_DownScalingSupported setting. In case you find any, just change them form 0 to 1 as well.
  4. Exit the regedit program  if you have successfully completed Step 3 .
  5. Reboot your computer.
  6. After restart just right click on desktop home screen and select “Screen resolution” from the context menu.
  7. In the Resolution drop-down box you will find some new options including 1152 x 864 and 1024 x 768. Choose one of these new options.

  8. That’s it. Now in order to test it, you can go to Start Screen tap on Internet Explorer, Weather, and other apps and load the full Metro style versions of those apps.

Microsoft should either changes the screen resolution requirements in future builds of Windows 8 or pressures netbook makers to release computers with higher resolution displays starting next year. Check out the video version of tutorial

Today we also reported you about how to change start menu background in Microsoft latest Windows 8 operating system. Moreover, Microsoft has released the beta version of its latest Windows 8 operating system not only for developers but for all users and we showed you download and installation procedure through USB drive. Things didn’t stop here, a brief preview of Windows 8 Tablet was also reported along with its comparison with Apple iPad  running  upcoming iOS 5 mobile operating system.

Via [liliputing]

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