change size of fixed size windows in Win PE?


  1. Posts : 1,177
    Windows 10 Pro
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    change size of fixed size windows in Win PE?


    Is it possible to resize windows that are fixed size, in Windows PE?

    I am trying to use recovery media from a backup program to restore my laptop. The backup program creates the recovery media using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. That process worked fine, but when I booted up the laptop using the recovery media, I could not get past a welcome screen.

    So as a test, I booted up my desktop system using that same media. On the desktop system, with a bigger screen, the welcome screen showed Next and Finish buttons at the very bottom of the window. So do all the other windows that appear after clicking Next several times.

    However, on the laptop which needs to be restored, those buttons are not visible. My conclusion is that the Welcome screen is simply too tall to be displayed completely on the laptop's smaller screen. And it is not possible to drag that Welcome screen up so as to display those buttons.

    Is there any way that I can patch the parameters of those fixed size windows to make them smaller? I know nothing about how Windows actually sets up windows. Text editor? Hex editor?

    I've done a support case with the backup software vendor, but I'm kind of urgent here and I would like to get the laptop restored today if possible. I would rather not wait until the vendor responds.
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  2. Posts : 2,799
    Windows 11 Pro, 22H2
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    The program itself determines whether the window is resizable or not. Unfortunately, you cannot change that. However, on the laptop, is there some sort of hotkey combination that zooms the screen by reducing the resolution when not booted into full Windows? I had a laptop like that once and I would have to take it out of zoom to get sufficient screen resolution for recovery media.
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  3. Posts : 1,177
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    hsehestedt said:
    The program itself determines whether the window is resizable or not. Unfortunately, you cannot change that.
    Ugh.
    However, on the laptop, is there some sort of hotkey combination that zooms the screen by reducing the resolution when not booted into full Windows? I had a laptop like that once and I would have to take it out of zoom to get sufficient screen resolution for recovery media.
    Interesting idea. I never even knew such a feature existed. I'm about to go out now, but when I get I will definitely read the manual for my laptop, a Lenovo T560.

    EDIT: I'm back home now, and I checked the manual. There is no "zoom the screen" function key, but this system supports an external display. There was a time I did a lot of presentations, with a a data projector plugged into my laptop, and it worked extremely well, especially with Windows 10.

    With Win PE, that same F7 key doesn't work at all. I plugged in my desktop display into the right port in the laptop, but nada, nothing, displayed on the desktop screen. The F7 key made no difference.

    So it's back to leaning hard on the software vendor to fix this issue.
    Last edited by x509; 03 Oct 2019 at 23:05.
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