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Reset Windows 8.1 screensize

I was happily running Windows 8 on my 17″ laptop with full HD screen and had no complaints when it came to the size of icons and texts. After I upgraded to Windows 8.1 I noticed that the icons on my desktop and taskbar were a lot smaller than before.¬†After opening my text editor of choice (GVim) I noticed that the text was smaller as well.

Whilst I kinda liked the size of the icons I didn’t care much for the new font size so I started looking for a solution. Thankfully there is one.

Through system settings locate your display and check the checkbox numbered 1 in the picture. This picture is in Dutch but I suspect the location of these settings are the same in other languages. Next at number 2 select ‘normal 125%’ and save your changes.

Windows 8.1 screensize fixAfter these changes all should be normal again. It’s probably not required for bigger screens with a 1080p resolution such as a 24″ display. But on a 17″ laptop with a 1080p resolution it just gets a bit too small.

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Rufus – Create bootable USB drives the easy way

RufusWhilst in need of a bootable USB drive with MS-DOS for updating the BIOS on my laptop I’m stumbled upon Rufus. With Rufus, which doesn’t require any installation, you select the USB drive to use, choose MS-DOS or FreeDOS, flash the USB drive and you’re ready to go. Aside from MS-DOS and FreeDos you can also select an ISO of say Ubuntu Linux.

After it’s done flashing all that’s left to do is reboot your system with the USB flash drive inserted and you’re ready to go.