How to enable 24 bit “truecolour” in Windows 7/Vista XP-Mode

If you haven’t already started the Windows XP Mode virtual machine, do so by going to
Start -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC - Windows XP Mode

In Windows XP Mode, start the registry editor, and go to the following location:

  1. In Windows XP Mode, start the registry editor
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services
  3. Add a DWORD Value named ColorDepth
  4. Give it a value of 4
  5. Restart Window XP Mode

The colour depth should now be set to 24 bit. You can close the VM, and start any XP-Mode programs you have in your Windows 7/Visa menu, and it should also be running in 24 bit mode.

Author: Musaul Karim

Software Engineer, Hobbyist Photographer, and a bit of a gadget geek.

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