ClearType comes with XP, and it makes text such as Word 2000 (which I am using to write this on a GeForce 3 Video board) look very good indeed, and is a major reason for installing Windows XP. To turn it on, right click on the desktop, properties, appearance (tab), effects (button), and you are there. To tune ClearType you need to go to the Microsoft web site, http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/, and do a search for ClearType. That brings up a page that lets you turn on, then tune, ClearType for your system.
The interesting thing is that if you do that with a Windows 2000 system, and go to the tuning page, you will get to download a small ActiveX control. Once you have done that, check the "turn on ClearType" box, then choose the text that looks best, and click the Apply button. You will now have ClearType running on a Windows 2000 system. It doesn't, to me at least, look as good as it does in Windows XP, but I've tested several times now, and it's sure better than without it. (It's easy to turn it off if you decide that you hate it.) The interesting thing is that Microsoft says ClearType doesn't work at all on Windows 2000. I agree that it's better on Windows XP.
So, to get ClearType you don't have to have Windows XP, but it works a lot better (and it's easier to control) if you do. I am no fan of Windows XP, but I have to say that so far on every comparison of Windows 2000 Professional vs. XP Professional, XP wins. On everything but activation, anyway. Activation has never been a problem for me, but then I have MSDN (Microsoft Developers Network), which gives me multiple licenses (and is a very good deal for anyone doing software development).
Windows Client UPDATE
Commentary: Enhance Notebook Displays with ClearType ====
After I configured several users' notebook PCs recently, the users
My confusion stemmed partly from the fact that I'd enabled Microsoft
As an experiment, I showed her the Microsoft ClearType Tuner Web site,
While walking through the tuner selection screens, I discovered that I
To enable ClearType on your computer, perform the following steps:
1. Right-click the desktop.
In general, ClearType works best on LCD panels (notebooks and
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