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Windows 10 Miscellaneous notes

Windows 10 versions

MBR vs GPT, Legacy vs UEFI

Basic system information

Accessing the list of installed applications

Note: there are several ways to list the install applications, and they may not display the same information (need to understand the underlying logic)

Using the Windows 7 way

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type Control Panel and select it from the results.
  2. Select Programs > Programs and Features

Source: Repair or remove programs in Windows 10 to access the legacy Windows 7 Programs and Features (Programmes et fonctionnalités) panel

Using the Windows 10 way

  • Windows+I (open Settings) ⇒ Applications
  • Windows Store ⇒ (in the top right corner) ⇒ My library

Screen resolution and other compatibility problems

The content of some application windows may appear blurry, and the screen size determined by the application may be smaller than the actual screen size. This is because some applications don't use the information supplied by Windows 10 on high resolution screens, and the apparent screen size depends on the scaling factor selected in Display parameters (when you right click on the desktop, the default scaling factor is 150%).

Check the Make older programs compatible with this version of Windows page for help (French version)

VcXsrv X server

In the case of VcXsrv, if the scaling factor is 150%, and the actual screen size is W x H, VcXsrv thinks that the screen size is only (W/1.5) x (H/1.5). Type xdpyinfo | grep dimensions to get the screen size seen by the X server


  1. right-click on the VcXsrv executable (or the shortcut on the desktop)
  2. click on Properties
  3. click on Compatibility
  4. click on Change high DPI settings
  5. in the top panel (Program DPI) select Use this setting to fix scaling problems for this program and then (when) I open this program

Task Manager

Some information about processes you may see running (with high CPU usage) in the Task Manager

Misc technical info


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other/win10misc.txt · Last modified: 2021/05/31 13:44 by jypeter