How to increase your netbook screen resolution on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Video tutorial

Most of the 10”/11” netbooks support a maximum video resolution of 1024 x 600px. On Windows 8, for example, you cannot run any metro apps on a resolution lower than 1024×768. For this matter, Microsoft’s operating systems have a few hidden settings for display scaling. Here are the steps which you will need to follow:

Start Task Manager by holding CTRL+ALT+Del or CTRL+ESC

  1. From the File menu (Alt+F), click “New Task”
  2. Type “regedit” and press “enter”
  3. In the registry window, search (Edit-Find or CTRL+F) for:  “Display1_DownScalingSupported”
  4. Right click on the file and choose Edit.
  5. Modify “Value Data” from “0” to “1”
  6. Click ok and reboot the system. After that you will notice that the screen resolution changed to 1024 cu 768, and that you will be able to go as up as 1152 x 864. That’s it.

You may also follow the instructions from this video tutorial that I made:

27 thoughts on “How to increase your netbook screen resolution on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Video tutorial

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  2. mikael

    error comes when i change my screen resolution .. it automatically restart… 🙁 i did all the process.. but when i select higher resolution .. it automatically restart my netbook….

      1. mikael

        The 1.83-GHz Intel Atom N475 processor and 2GB of RAM earned the Samsung N150 Plus
        this is my netbook specs.. my chrome always crash my flash player…

        1. Cristi Post author

          You should try to activate a theme that doesn’t use Aero. To do that, you must right click on your Desktop and choose Personalize.

  3. James W.


    I first attempted the fix using regedit, but couldn’t find the reg entry even while using the search tool. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate, on an Aspire One AO522: could either of these be the problem?

    I also tried using your iRez software, but that wouldn’t install properly even when installed as administrator. This is the error report:

    Stopped working

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
    Problem Signature 01: irezsetup.exe
    Problem Signature 02:
    Problem Signature 03: 4f85835a
    Problem Signature 04: iRezSetup
    Problem Signature 05:
    Problem Signature 06: 4f85835a
    Problem Signature 07: 7
    Problem Signature 08: 3a
    Problem Signature 09: System.NullReferenceException
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.
    Locale ID: 1033

    Thanks for any help.

    1. Cristi Post author

      Sorry for the so so so late reply: try installing net framework 3.5 on your os. iRezSetup should work properly after that.

  4. jaman

    my net book is samsung 10.1′. after follow your regedit. this restart auto. the software irez also not installing. what can i do now. plz ans.

  5. Aaron Dee

    Hey! I ran your iRez and I have also went in to the regestrey and manually set the Display1_DownScalingSupported value to 1. But when I restart my netbook, and I click on an app it starts to load but then the screen goes black and the computer restarts. Any ideas?

  6. acer

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  7. Amos

    I used your guide to upgrade my resolution on an Acer aspire one, and most of the time it works great, but I’ve started having issues at boot up where the display will be limited to the upper left hand corner of the screen, with the bottom of the screen repeating the top bar, and a blank section to the right. Repeated restarts tend to eventually result in a proper boot, but I can’t find a pattern in what causes the error, or why it eventually boots normally.

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

  8. Mae

    My netbook’s resolution can’t be adjusted. The model is SAMSUNG N-100S. The fixed resolution is 800×600 I can’t play videos and presentations well because it runs slow. 🙁 Please help.

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