I just downloaded the cool new Windows Vista Ultimate Extra, Hold’em Poker.
Now, I haven’t really played it all the much yet, because there’s a really annoying problem. You may recall I had an issue with Windows Mail, whereby it was not marked with the “high DPI aware” flag in its manifest and so Windows was doing that crappy bitmap scaling, which is almost unsuable in my opinion.
Well, here’s an even stranger problem. The new “Hold ‘Em” poker game has the exact same problem, and even though it’s a separate download, it’s still apparently a “part of this version of Windows” and so I can’t tick the “disabling scaling in high DPI modes” either.
Stranger still, they’ve obviously gone to a lot of trouble to make the game scale very nicely - drag the window border around and the cards and text all scale perfectly!
Luckily, the same workaround I posted before works for Hold ‘Em as well. Just create a new string value, called “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\HoldEm\HoldEm.exe” (or whereever your “Program Files” directory is), under “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers", and give it the value “HIGHDPIAWARE” and it should look good again. Here’s a side-by-side before-and-after shot: