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Enable Font Smoothing on the Welcome Screen (Windows XP)

Windows XP includes a new feature called Clear Type which is designed to make fonts more readable on LCD and low resolution screens. This tweak allows you to enable font smoothing on the Welcome screen where it is normally disabled.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

To enable font smoothing, set the value of "FontSmoothing" to "2" and the value of "FontSmoothingType" to "2".

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|FontSmoothingREG_SZ2|
|FontSmoothingTypeREG_DWORD0x00000002 (2)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
System Key: [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop]
Value Name: FontSmoothing, FontSmoothingType
Value Data: (0 = disabled, 2 = enabled)

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Last modified: April 24, 2003