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Metro Menu Icons do not work

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  • I installed the Developer preview on an Acer Aspire One netbook.  The only issue I have had so far is the metro menu.

     

    The only icons that work are Control Panel, Explorer and Desktop.  IE doesn't work as well as the others.  I click them and nothing happens.

     

    Can't figure this out. Anyone have a fix?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:53 PM

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  • You're right. The minimum resolution required is 1024x768. Some netbooks aren't going to meet that with their native resolution.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:21 PM
  • I just added a second monitor to my netbook and extended my desktop to it.  I could then move the Start screen to the second monitor and use the MetroApps.  From this experiment I would have to conclude that there is a minimum screen resolution for the Start screen Metro tiles to function properly.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:13 PM

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  • Are you running explorer.exe elevated? That's one thing that can cause this.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:56 PM
  • Make Sure you are running at higher resolution than 1024xWhatever

    Had exactly this effect on a sony notebook which defaulted back to 800x600 due to lack of graphics drivers... bumped it up to 1280 and everything works now.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:02 PM
  • I did not set anything to do that, all I have done is the basic install then installed the drivers.  Should I disable UAC?
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:03 PM
  • Checked task manager, it is running as my windows live login
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:05 PM
  • I do not believe my netbook supports higher than 1024x600

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:09 PM
  • Disabled UAC, then got a BSOD.  Icons still no worky.  I would think the native resolution wouldn't e a hindrance.  Seems like a funky thing to have buggy in an alpha considering the differences in portable device's resolutions.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:20 PM
  • I'm having the exact same issue on a Fujitsu Q550. When I click a Metro app I get its loading screen then the screen goes green and stays green. If I click anywhere it takes me back to the start menu.
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    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:33 PM
  • I also am having this problem. Resolution is up - running on a Macbook Air in Parallels. Everything is working but Metro apps. Desktop stuff is working as well. 
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:43 PM
  • I have also installed the Developer preview on an Acer Aspire One netbook, and I can report that I am experiencing exactly the same behavior.  MetroApps on Home Page do not work, only Desktop, Windows Explorer and Control Panel tiles work.  Windows 8 detects my Display Adapter as Intel(R) Graphic Media Accelerator 3150 (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.0) and the Monitor is Generic PnP Monitor.  The max screen resolution is 1024x600 as was stated above.  Any help would be appreciated.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:04 PM
  • I just added a second monitor to my netbook and extended my desktop to it.  I could then move the Start screen to the second monitor and use the MetroApps.  From this experiment I would have to conclude that there is a minimum screen resolution for the Start screen Metro tiles to function properly.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:13 PM
  • You're right. The minimum resolution required is 1024x768. Some netbooks aren't going to meet that with their native resolution.
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:21 PM
  • Any plans to change that?  considering Tablets often have a native resolution lower than 1024x768?  Like the galaxy tab..?
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:25 PM
  • I found a workaround.

     

    If you go into the registry and set all the display1_DownscalingSupported to 1 from 0 you can increase our resolution.

    • Proposed as answer by www 1C3Man com Friday, September 16, 2011 3:16 PM
    Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:44 PM
  • I am having this issue on a Asus EeePC 1000HD. I have used regedit and searched for display1_DownscalingSupported and haven't found even one entry in the registry to change so that I can adjust my netbook's resolution.

     

    And none of the Windows 7 drivers for my netbook will install in Windows 8.

    Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:15 AM
  • Install the Windows 7 graphic drivers from the intel homepage for yout chipset (Mobile Express 945). They should work fine. You can change the registry after the installation is finished.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:22 AM
  • Checked task manager, it is running as my windows live login

    Hey, schmak. I've read in some other postings that some users are experiencing problems with tiles not working properly when signed in with a Windows Live Login. You may be able to get some of the tiles working properly by dropping back down to a local account.
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 1:39 AM
  • I learned last night Metro apps don't work on screens smaller than 1028 x 768.  There is a reg hack that I was able to use to set my netbook to a higher resolution and metro apps started working. Other fonts are a smaller so this is a trade off.

    More in this thread: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/aa672b53-2fe0-4359-9b1d-833c692e3399

    Friday, September 16, 2011 1:55 PM