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How to run ANY program in a WINDOW?

by provoko / October 24, 2003 2:54 AM PDT

I'm talking about programs that force you to run in a fullscreen mode. How can I run these programs in a window when they have no option to let me?

I heard that there was a pre-existent option in windows that would let you do it. Am I right, and if so how do I use it with programs? Thank you.

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Re:How to run ANY program in a WINDOW?
by David Chan / October 24, 2003 3:06 AM PDT

Your question is unclear.
Perhaps if you give the name of the program someone here may have used it and have the answer.

AFAIK, all programs have their own User Interface and each is different from the other so I don't understand what you mean by full-screen Window.

The full screen often refers to I.E. or Windows Explorer which can easily be set.

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Re:Re:How to run ANY program in a WINDOW?
by provoko / October 24, 2003 3:32 AM PDT

No one on this forum would know the program, but thanks anyways.

By the way you do know what I mean by full screen when you give an example of IE in full screen.

But like I said before, I'm talking about programs that only run in fullscreen and give no option to run in a window, so that excludes IE. I'm not trying to run a guessing game here, I just want to know how to run any program in a window when the program gives no option to do so.

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Guessing game it seems?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2003 3:41 AM PDT

Don't sell the forum short. Toss out a name and if there is a web link, try that.

You are part of the solution.


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Fine. =)
by provoko / October 24, 2003 3:53 AM PDT

The program is MUONLINE. But that doesn't matter.

Isn't there something called windowmode in windows xp?

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What does...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2003 5:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Fine. =) have to say about this?

I do know that some programs on my old NT 4.0 box inadvertantly ran in a window while they were not supposed to. Have an old NT 4.0 box to try?

If there is a

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Thanks but..
by provoko / October 24, 2003 6:04 AM PDT
In reply to: What does...

Thanks for the e-mail but they won't help. They would consider my question offensive. The program is meant to run full-screen to prevent hacks (news flash, that doesn't prevent hacks). BUT what that also does is prevent me from switching tasks. That means I can't run muonline and use forums to trade items in the game at the same time. It's like I'm in DOS all over again! Haha.

Anyways, I don't have NT 4. By the way, finish what you were typing. I see that you were cut off at

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Then it's their choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2003 6:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks but..

I agree that anti-hacks are a good idea in games.

It's their choice.

As to the cut-off of text, this forum software is new and full of bugs.


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Re:How to run ANY program in a WINDOW?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2003 3:13 AM PDT

I have forced the issue with more hardware. Another machine on the network run the Terminal Services and then having a Terminal Server ''window'' open to said machine.

Not the answer you suspected, but it has been forced.

You and also find a forceful method by running Windows on an Apple with its Virtual PC software.

There are ways, but you didn't give any constraints so I offer solutions with no bounds.


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Re:Re:How to run ANY program in a WINDOW?
by provoko / October 24, 2003 3:34 AM PDT

Heh, I don't have those means. Thanks anyways.

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Re:How to run ANY program in a WINDOW?
by Sageth / October 24, 2003 9:32 AM PDT

If this is a program that can be run off the command-line (in a window formerly known as DOS), you can press ALT+Enter to switch between windows and full-screen. You can also use the properties of that box to change the window size.

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windows command line tags?
by lvl20 / January 25, 2006 11:14 PM PST

on many programs (especially games) i've noticed that adding the -w tag to the end of the command line works to force it into windowed mode. it doesn't seem to work for everything though. i'm trying to find more info on what universal tags windows accepts.
i'll repost if i have some better info later.

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