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Windows 7: How to correct gadgets using high DPI in Windows 7?

03 Dec 2017   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How to correct gadgets using high DPI in Windows 7?


As many already know the gadgets do not display correctly using a DPI setting that is higher than 100% or 96 in Windows 7. I have been looking for a way to fix this for as long as I can remember. In my case, I use a 115% or 110 DPI setting for my display and want to use only the CPU gadget. Right now the CPU gadget is broken and will only display as text in ugly, white windows. I have came across some discussions that provide a way to fix this but, the instructions were very unclear and/or unfinished. I have also have read there are different methods of fixing the gadgets. One way is to fix the gadgets and have them display at 100% or 96 DPI for all higher DPI settings. The other way, (the way I'm looking for) is to have the gadgets display at the current DPI setting. For example, if I use the 115% or 110 DPI setting, I want the gadgets to display correctly at 115% or 110 DPI setting, not 100% or 96 DPI. One thing is for sure, I have to use a 115% or 110 DPI setting for my display and will not use the CPU gadget if it's not displayed correctly. Although, I really want to use the CPU gadget because it's helpful to me.

As of now, I got this far,
1) First locate the "gadget.XLM" that is located in the following location,
C:\Program Files\Window Sidebar\Gadgets\CPU.Gadget\en-US\gadget.XLM

2) Then, make a copy of this gadget.XLM file to another temporary location, such as My Desktop.

3) Next, open the copy of the gadget.XLM with Notepad and delete the following entire line,

4) Save the edited copy of the gadget.XLM file.

Now, I assume the edited copy of gadget.XLM needs to replace the original gadget.XLM but, I don't know how.
Windows will not let me delete the original gadget.XLM file or replace it with the edited copy I made.

Please provide me the rest of the instructions, thanks

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 How to correct gadgets using high DPI in Windows 7?

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