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Old 10-23-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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Default Windows 7 blurry text (even with Clear Type on)

**SOLVED** Try this if you are having blurry text issues in Windows 7.

1. Click the start button (Microsoft Logo bottom left of screen)
2. Type into the search box: appearance
3. Click on the link that appears near the top ---> Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows
4. Uncheck Smooth edges of screen fonts

Hopefully that will help improve the clarity of text on your screen.

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[list=1][*]Overview of the problem
I just installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit today and I have been noticing since I got everything loaded up that there is a definite blur in the text. I've tried several things, but it won't go away. Just this morning I was using Windows XP Pro and it was crystal clear.
[*]Full description of the problem and symptoms
Blurry text at monitors native resolution of 1920x1200 32bit color. I have run through the clear type dialogues and looked all over the place if there is a setting I'm missing to no avail.
[*]Did it work normally at one time, or has the problem always existed?
Everything was crystal clear on Windows XP Pro this morning before I went ahead with the Windows 7 install. I highly doubt it's a hardware bug.
[*]Is the problem consistent and repeatable, or entirely random, or semi-random?
Doesn't go away.
[*]I already tried these steps:
I have the latest ATI catalyst drivers loaded (compatible with Windows 7 pro 64 bit).

I tried to track down any drivers for my monitor because Windows 7 lists it as MB24W - Generic PnP Monitor. Soyo never made drivers for these monitors, since they are PnP.
[*]My software:
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
  • Antivirus
  • Firewall
    Windows 7 Firewall
  • Feel free to add more software details that you think might be relevant to the issue
    ATI Catalyst Drivers 09.10
[*]My hardware
  • AMD Athlon II X4 620 OC to 3250
    GA-MA770T-UD3P M.B.
    Sapphire ATI 4890
    4 Gigs of OCZ DDR3 Gold PC16666
    70 Gig Raptor Drive
    160 WD (my slow drive)
    Soyo Pearl 24" MT-NI-DYLM24E6
    OCZ 600W psu
  • System brand & model

    Home Built
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:20 PM   #2
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Default Windows 7 blurry text (even with Clear Type on)

Are you using a VGA or DVI cable?
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:25 PM   #3
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Default Windows 7 blurry text (even with Clear Type on)

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Old 10-24-2009, 05:19 PM   #4
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Default Windows 7 blurry text (even with Clear Type on)

Solved problem (for the most part). See top post for the steps to try.
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:52 PM   #5
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I experience the blurry issue when I use Aero themes (When accessing the Control Panel at Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization)

If I switch back to a Basic theme the blurry goes away. The custom resolution and adding or removing "Smooth edges of screen fonts" in the visual Effects section of Performance Options does not appear to affect the blurry issue for me.

I certainly don't want to miss the Aero theme, but I can't have blurry!
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:58 PM   #6
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Use this to replace your Segoe UI font w/ Tahoma if the font is blurry
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #7
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This is genuinely the view i have when i open Windows Movie Maker, no effects applied. Any advice?
Also In most other programs, such as google chrome and MS Paint etc. I get a slight blur on all text in view. Really starting to annoy me, please someone help!!!
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:31 PM   #8
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This fixed it for me!

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