Display Setting Colors

Why are software programs created that force you to change the color settings before being able to use them?  My son received 2 software games for Christmas and one must be played at 256 colors and the other at 16-bit.  The standard setting I regularly use is 24-bit.  It's really a pain having to change the settings every time.  Is there a way to have the settings change automatically?
mcochranAsked:
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larrypaloozaCommented:
if there is, pass it on!
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MrbreezeCommented:
Some games are written for lower resolutions to be more compatible with older machines and some probably fall under the same reasoning as low budget movies, but either way I'm afraid it is just one of those pains we have to live with. Unless the game includes a way to set the resolution and reset it when it is finished you pretty much are stuck with doing it manually.       Mrbreeze
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joedCommented:
here a usefull program if you have change resolution often.http://www.berend.com/qres.html
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danroachCommented:
There is no way to have a game change your hardware settings automatically. The reason is this. Object programs do not have the ability to access your systems hardware settings. They can only use what is available.

If they could do so, then all manner of unintended things might happen. They might set your system to run in safe mode instead of normal. They might change the IRQ setting on your soundcard.

Not to be insulting, as it happens to us all, but games that are written to run at 256 colors are usually older games that were written to run on older processors with older video cards. They usually are on sale at the store for a very attrective price.

We all buy them hoping for the best and then get this monitor issue.
Such is life.

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mcochranAuthor Commented:
Okay - I accept that this may be an older game.  Is there a way for us regular folks to know that this is the case (something to read on the package under system requirements, for example)?
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mcochranAuthor Commented:
danroach - I think I need to reject this answer so you can respond to my comment I just posted.
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danroachCommented:
Herein lies the problem.
Understand that the program will require a minimum of some sort. Your system might greatly exceed that requirement.
That does not mean it will function correctly without your intervention.
For older programs, you may have to cut back on your resolution.

If you do not want to have to deal with this problem, then you will have to check the box and see if it is Win95/98 compatible, and even then you have to be careful.

In most cases, Win 95 compatible will be okay.

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Davy070599Commented:
Hi,

There exists a rather easy way to change your colour settings in Windows.

Right-click on a free space on your desktop.  Choose "Properties". Click on the last tab (configuration).  Click on the "Advanced" button.  Make sure that the "apply settings without rebooting" is choosen and the "Display icon on systemtray" is checked.  Click "OK"(2x)

The naming could be a bit different because I'm using a Dutch version for the moment.

Now you can see a new icon in your systemtray.  Clicking on it will display all possible resolutions.

byeee...
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vikiingCommented:
Once you have defined some special resolution for the game (or whatever be), you can store that configuration under a certain name you choose.

Previously, you have stored CURRENT screen settings under another name. Then, you can switch back and forth from one scheme to another. Using this technique, you can define as many configurations (screen resolution, colors, sound, and a BIG etc.) as you want under different name, each one for each situation you need to solve.

Voilá !!

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mcochranAuthor Commented:
Viking - I'm intrigued - how do you accomplish that???
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joedCommented:
here a usefull program if you have change resolution often. you click on the icon in the taskbar and the resolution instantly changes between settings. No going into properties etc.

http://www.berend.com/qres.html 
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MrbreezeCommented:
That would make predefined configurations to choose from but that will not make an automated way to change them as the question originately asked
"Is there a way to have the settings change automatically?"
And the answer to that is still no
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dianahowellCommented:
I believe you can set up user profiles for your different desktop setting requirements.  Name them accordingly.  Go to control panel, double-click security, click the profile tab.  Select the option that allows more than one profile and make sure the desktop settings are included in the profile options selected.  Try one out and see how it works.
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mcochranAuthor Commented:
Ooops - thought I accepted this answer days ago.  Thanks to all who tried to help.  Having the icon in the system tray is alot easier to explain to a 5-yr old than going through control panel or right-clicking the desktop.
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