> Greetings all,
> I use Microsoft XP Profesional Ed. in my home. I share the computer with
> wife. She prefer 800 x 600 resolution with a small font while I always
> prefer 1280 x 1024 with large font. The problem is it looks like the
> resolution setting cannot be differenciate between users.
> I am missing something here? What should i do so that i can have different
> screen resolution preferences with my wife?
Here's the solution:
The Microsoft Windows XP development team has decided that all users sharing
a Windows XP PC must have the same display settings -- same resolution, same
color depth, same refresh rate.
This is especially annoying in home environments, where mom and dad
typically do "serious things" that require higher screen resolutions, like
balancing bank accounts, and kids are running games or multimedia apps that
often assume 800x600 or 640x480.
If you add to the equation the very nice "Fast User Switching" feature, you
end up with the kids' games being displayed in a very small area on the
screen or the data in dad's spreadsheet being displayed with only 10 rows!
After some investigation of the Windows XP new APIs, I decided to bite the
bullet and try and work around that "design choice" (read: limitation).
Here's the current outcome: a rather small applet (though I've coded it
using MFC to be "quicker to market," it doesn't need to be; if there's
enough justification I might rewrite it in "plain SDK" code) that you need
to run in each user's account, that will save the display settings
independently for each user, and restore it at logon AND when switching
among several active users.
Freeware, available at
Hope this helps!