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Windows 7: I got XP mode to display 24-bit color with integration!

25 Nov 2010   #41

Windows 7 Professional (x64)

Glad to see this thread is still helping people after all this time!

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06 Apr 2011   #42

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS

Just a little tip:

Without integration features enabled, the built-in driver for Windows Virtual PC S3 Trio 32/64 graphics offers 32-bit colour for XPMode and other Windows virtual machines, which is slightly easier on the eye for longer periods and reading from the screen, but not so good with screen repaints when windows are moved, etc., which appear fragmented and blocky.
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17 May 2011   #43

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
Thanks much!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
I found an easier way to get 24 bit colors with integration on here.
1. Run regedit in XP.
2. Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services].
3. Add a DWORD Value named "ColorDepth" w/o parenthesis.
4. Right-click it, modify, then put "4" in the Value data.
5. Restart XP mode.

On another note, if you clicked the link above, you'll notice that he said 32-bit color is possible with XP mode, but you'll have to make extensive changes to the RDP!
Excellent tip, Hugh! Changing from 16 bit to 24 bit made a difference. In 16 bit color the grays had a pink tint. Now in 24 bit, the grays are neutral. Go figure!
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17 Jul 2011   #44

Windows 7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
Glad to see this thread is still helping people after all this time!
It's still helping in 2011. Loving the ClearType wizard link someone posted, and 24 bit color makes a HUGE difference (thanks for the .reg file, making it easiest of all).
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28 Sep 2011   #45

Win7 Pro SP1 64

24 bit is a tad better but Microsoft after all these years should have been able to fix this.
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09 Oct 2011   #46

Windows 7 Professional x64

OO glad to hear about the upgrade. I was worried that I would be stuck with 16bit
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06 Apr 2012   #47

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

This is awesome! I just did this to my XPMode and it looks so much better! Thanks!
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13 Jul 2013   #48

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)

This no longer works as there is no Terminal Services showing in mine. I also tried that dword regedit fix and still only get 16bit with Integration on.

It all worked fine until I used MSConfig to boot into Safe Mode to do the old address toolbar fix and from then on everything went "tilt".

Darn thing, might just ditch it. Just hanging on to XP Mode simply for testing purposes but really hardly ever use it.
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07 Sep 2013   #49

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Reg file from post 10 just worked fine for me, thank you
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