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How to enter a mode where things don't appear in full screen

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Stevenpd, Sep 26, 2006.

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  1. Stevenpd

    Stevenpd Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2006
    I think there is a mode on windows xp you can enter so games such as world of warcraft wont' run in full screen. I don't know how to access this mode thouhg, but would like to because without eveyrthing in full screen it will use less of my computers resources and this way my computer won't freeze up. Can anyone tell me how to enter this mode?
  2. Jimmy the Hand

    Jimmy the Hand

    Jul 28, 2006
    Well, I'm only guessing, but I think it depends on the game, not on Windows, whether or not you can play it in windowed mode.

    Also, I don't think you would gain much with it. Once I tried playing a game in window mode. When I set it up, it warned me to think over twice, because in window mode I possibly will experience performance problems, glitches, etc., and that full screen is better.
    Usually games use the same resolution in full screen as in window mode, so, I think, it requires the same computing performance. It's seems only logical that if Windows has to update the desktop besides the game screen, it consumes more resources than the game screen alone.

    Performance problems are generally addressed by expanding RAM, defragging HDD, cleaning the OS from virus/Spyware, etc. But someone with expertise might know better.
  3. blaqDeaph


    Nov 22, 2005
    Something tells me that Jimmy is right, that running in fullscreen consumes *less* resources. If the game is under-performing, you can lower the graphics settings, especially the resolution, or else upgrade the hardware, especially the RAM.
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