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Windows 7: StarCraft 1 is pixelized?

03 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Yeah, I think it can't be fixed, but if you got any other Ideas feel free to post. Thanks.

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03 Oct 2010   #12

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

What I have been doing to get Starcraft 1 to work all the time is the following:

I want to note that I have suggested this many times and everyone hates it but it does work.

1) Reboot your computer. (Do not open any other application, no IE, no iTunes, no Torrent software, no IM, no extras.)
2) If you have tray software, iTunes or IM software that opens automatically EXIT them all.
3) Open a Command Prompt. (Optional)
4) Exit Explorer.exe (all explorer.exe)
5) Play Starcraft 1
6) Reboot computer. (via Command Prompt if open)

This seems to work every time, without lockups, crashes, color issues etc. etc.

I get a lot of static because people don't want to reboot twice, but it works! -WS
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03 Oct 2010   #13

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Tis sad really. Total Annihilation came out about a year before Starcraft, and it is capable of using resolutions beyond what there was back then, it fully accepts my 1920x1200 monitor making the viewpoint fit perfectly. Wish all old games did that.
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07 Oct 2010   #14

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
Specifics as to why you would ahve to kill explorer.exe to run Starcraft 1 would be nice.
This may or not be completely accurate but it's along these lines:

Windows 7 introduced WDDM 1.1 which, I believe, forces the Taskbar to appear in front of StarCraft's window and messes up the color palette in the process.

Killing explorer.exe gets rid of the Taskbar, and StarCraft 1 isn't forced into an odd color palette.
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08 Oct 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkScorpion View Post
Have not tried killing explorer.exe, I doubt it's the problem since the colors are not distorted.
If you doubt it is the problem, then that means you know what the issue is? Killing explorer is a very documented solution/workaround to getting StarCraft 1 to play, so if you are unwilling to give that a shot, I would then suggest buying StarCraft II, as the game play is nearly identical.
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