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

28 Oct 2009   #1
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 
I got XP mode to display 24-bit color with integration!

I read this article and decided to try it out. I did these steps:

1. Open up the Group Policy editor in XP, by going Start --> Run and type in MMC.
2. Add the Group Policy snap-in by going File --> Add/Remove Snap-in --> Add --> Group Policy Object Editor --> Add --> Finish (Local Machine) --> Close --> Ok.
3. Now navigate in the Group Policy Object Editor from Local Computer Policy --> Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Widnows Components --> Terminal Services and double-click on the 'Limit maximum Color Depth' object.
4. By default the policy is disabled and sets you to 16-bit color. Click on 'Enable' and choose either 'Client Compatible' or 24-bit to enable the highest resolution of 24-bit (True Color) to display via Remote Desktop. Options include 8-bit, 15-bit, 16-bit, and 24-bit.

Then I saved the profile and restarted, and now it's 24-bit with integration on! Looks so much better!




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28 Oct 2009   #2
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

C'mon guys, 24-bit is much better than 16-bit. It won't be long until someone discovers how to get 36-bit color with integration on.
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28 Oct 2009   #3
muzicman61

W7RC1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
C'mon guys, 24-bit is much better than 16-bit. It won't be long until someone discovers how to get 36-bit color with integration on.
What would be the point? The eye can't distinguish that many colors anyway. 24bit ~ 16.7million and at optimum estimates, the eye could possibly do 7 million colors/shades.
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28 Oct 2009   #4
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

Well to me there's a big difference in some XP programs that run better with 36 bit. 16 bit is too low, but 24 bit looks a lot better. Give it a try, your icons will look smoother and especially if you added themes the colors will be noticeably better.

I have a widescreen LCD and it's almost like 36 bit...
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28 Oct 2009   #5
muzicman61

W7RC1
 
 

I'll agree there is a big difference between 16 bit (65,536) and 24 bit (16.7 million). However you can't possibly tell any different between 24 bit and 36 bit (68.7 billion).
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29 Oct 2009   #6
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 
XP Mode with 32 bit color + integration is possible!

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!
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29 Oct 2009   #7
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HughShaw View Post
I read this article and decided to try it out even though it refers to Remote Desktop. I did these steps:

1. Open up the Group Policy editor, by going Start --> Run and type in MMC.
2. Add the Group Policy snap-in by going File --> Add/Remove Snap-in --> Add --> Group Policy Object Editor --> Add --> Finish (Local Machine) --> Close --> Ok.
3. Now navigate in the Group Policy Object Editor from Local Computer Policy --> Computer Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Widnows Components --> Terminal Services and double-click on the 'Limit maximum Color Depth' object.
4. By default the policy is disabled and sets you to 16-bit color. Click on 'Enable' and choose either 'Client Compatible' or 24-bit to enable the highest resolution of 24-bit (True Color) to display via Remote Desktop. Options include 8-bit, 15-bit, 16-bit, and 24-bit.

Then I saved the profile and restarted, and now it's 24-bit with integration on! Looks so much better!
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.
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!

I dont have terminal services listed in either methods.
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29 Oct 2009   #8
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

I'm not entirely sure why, but maybe you can go to Add/Remove Programs, click Add/Remove Windows Components tab, then make sure you have Networking Services checked. Or maybe you didn't enable integration which might automatically install it.
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30 Oct 2009   #9
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Sorry to say but I wasnt able to find it that way either.
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30 Oct 2009   #10
HughShaw

Windows 7 Professional (x64)
 
 

You probably disabled it when disabling unnecessary services. Open up "services.msc" find "Terminal Services" right-click it and put it on "Automatic". Also make sure you have "Remote Procedure Call" on automatic.

Edit: And if all else fails, you can just create your own Terminal Services folder and put in the required entries. I've attached a screenshot of how it should look like as well as the reg file should you need it.


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