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Windows 8 works fine on most of the Netbooks. But some Netbooks have 10 inch screen with the resolution 1024×600 maximum while Metro UI Apps need the least resolution of 1024×768 to open. Here’s I’ll explain you how to solve “Windows 8 apps not working” Problem.

Okay, let me clear your doubts about Windows 8 that it works smoother than previous versions of windows in Netbooks. So there’s nothing about low RAM or Atom Processor. It’s only because of the low screen resolution and at the end of reading this article, problem will be solved.

The minimum requirement for running Windows 8 Metro Apps is that you need a display with screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or more. The maximum screen resolution of most 10 inch netbooks is 1024 x 600 pixels which is lower than the required resolution.

Solution for Low Screen Resolution Error for Metro Apps

Most notebooks have maximum screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels which is lower than the minimum required resolution to run Metro Apps of Windows 8. There is a simple modification requited in Windows registry to let you increase the screen resolution of any system. Use the below mentioned steps to increase screen resolution.

  1. First install the latest Intel Graphics driver downloaded from Intel’s website
  2. Restart
  3. Hit Win + R keys together on your netbook’s keyboard
  4. Type “regedit” without quotes in the dialogue box
  5. Locate the following location in Registry window,
  6. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E 968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}000
  7. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E 968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}001
  8. You may have only one registry key (especially in Acer machines) mentioned above, don’t worry. Just follow below steps
  9. In both of these locations, find “Display1_DownScalingSupported” in the DWORD list
  10. Right-click on the DWORD and select modify, change the value from 0 to 1 for that DWORD
  11. Restart your netbook after closing the registry window
  12. Now open screen resolution window (Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display\Screen Resolution) on your netbook and there you can see more option to choose from. For example, you may choose 1024 x 768 pixels
  13. Select that resolution and apply the changes

    Display1_DownScalingSupported   DWORD  

  14. To get back the original pixel, just hit the Intel display app and select 1024 x 600.

As now you netbook’s display resolution is equal to the minimum required screen resolution for running Metro Style apps of Windows 8, you may run the apps without any problem.

For Windows 10, we are in luck. Cuz it doesn’t have metro style app screen size limit. So just install and play with Windows 10.

Tested in: Acer Aspire One 257