Windows 95 – 25 Years Later

I wrote this blog posting 15 years ago celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Windows 95. Now it’s 25 years later: wow I’m getting old! If you want to watch the Windows 2000 daily cycle video, you will need to load the Klite codec pack and use Windows Media Player Classic. The audio really sucks, but you can still make it out. I still run VMWare Workstation with Windows 98 SE on my dad’s laptop since he loves to play games from the Windows 3.1 era and EGACHESS. I think EGACHESS is from 1985.

This video by MJD is a nice overview of the Windows 95 development with reviews of preview/beta builds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz5pE2muRWI

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Disabling the “Fix Apps That are Blurry” Prompt in Windows 10

I was asked to try to suppress this error message popping up on our kiosk display monitors. When Windows 10 detects that a non-optimal display resolution is being used, it offers the end-user some help. I get why Microsoft is doing this: it is in their best interest to try to help the end-user fix problems on their own whenever possible. However, in this case, it’s a kiosk computer with no keyboard or mouse. No one will ever be able to answer the prompt and due to the size of the display, it’s always going to use a non-optimal display resolution. The prompt doesn’t offer an option “Never ask again”. Off to Google, we go!

Well, that wasn’t so easy, but I’ll get to the punchline and tell you the solution.

reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v IgnorePerProcessSystemDPIToast /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

That command prevents the “fix the blurry” prompt from ever rearing it’s ugly head again. Now the fun part is…where is that documented? It’s nowhere documented at Microsoft’s site. In fact, go ahead and Google IgnorePerProcessSystemDPIToast. You will find very little information on this word. At the time of this posting, that was exactly 7 hits on Google. 7…out of billions of web pages!

One of the more intriguing results was this web site with a bunch of undocumented hacks for Windows 10.

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