|The Magnifier: for Windows; Area and Full Screen Magnifier; Version 1.50 Release 5; User's Guide|
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When running in Windows Vista, Microsoft has a built in magnification interface that is used to magnify the screen display within The Magnifier, to be compatible with the entire operating system. In certain instances (lack of correct video driver, insufficient video display hardware, incorrect display settings, etc.), this interface will not operate as intended. The Magnifier's window background displays a few statements outlining important Vista information:
Magnifying magnifier windows is not possible in Windows Vista
If the text is seen with no magnification display at all, then the magnification interface is not currently operable. It is strongly recommended that you check settings, update drivers, upgrade your hardware, etc. to allow Vista to operate as intended.
You can use the special keyboard shortcut Alt-A to access an Alternate Magnifier.
This outlines what is happening when Alt-A is used within Vista.
The Vista compatible version of The Magnifier is closed (all instances)
The Windows XP compatible version is started. (Named MagnifierXP.exe, location in the installation folder).
Notes: If you are forced to use the XP compatible version of The Magnifier in Windows Vista, you will want to select any other Appearance option other than the Windows Aero display (Personalize | Appearance | View Classic options). When operating with the Aero appearance selected, you are not able to view "through" The Magnifier window, and full screen operation is not usable. You may also want to change (or create a new shortcut icon to launch MagnifierXP.exe (rather than the default The Magnifier) Otherwise, anytime you run The Magnifier.exe, you will need to use Alt-A to start the alternate program. The license remains the same, and the alternate magnifier should be effective if your system cannot use the Vista approach, and you do not run the Aero appearance setting.