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Questions pertaining to the Windows Operating System as it relates to Blender. Questions can be anything from compatibility to optimization.

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Make Blender usable on high resolution screen

The Blender UI elements are incredibly small by default on high resolution screens on Windows (15" UHD screen). I found the Preferences -> System -> DPI setting which can be set up to 144. This ...
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Blender 2.78 with Windows 10 lags when interacting with the UI

Update This has been confirmed resolved in a later version 376.33 and possibly the update prior. meta Okay, I recently did a computer update. I used to run Blender 2.77 on a Dell desktop (5 GB RAM, ...
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Have second window with different perspective open only when a second monitor is connected?

I have Blender on my laptop, into which I sometimes plug an external monitor, and set up some different regions to make my workflow smoother/easier. When I save and close my project, the multiple ...
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Console flashes on launching, then closes (ms-windows)

I installed blender on a windows 7 64 bit system. I opened it one time then went to the tutorials. in the meantime I had a power failure and when I tried to start blender again I get a dos window ...
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How can I start using Freestyle?

Blender 2.67 is out, and one of its main features is the long-awaited Freestyle integration. I'd like to try out Freestyle, but it doesn't appear in the "Render Engine" dropdown. I assume some ...
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How to run scripts in the background of the game engine without freezing or opening new Blender instances on Windows?

The Blender game engine does not move into the next frame if all the active scripts have not yet finished. Say we have an HTTP script in the game. The script retrieves data from a server. I presume ...
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How to randomize window lighting on skyscrapers without separating each window into a separate object?

I want to make a building where each window has a randomized lighting value. I can achieve this by separating each window into a separate object and assigning them a material that uses a random number,...
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Why won't Blender run on Windows XP?

I downloaded Blender 64 bit and the OS indicated that the program was not compatible with my computer chip. I then downloaded the 32 bit version which seemed to allow me to install. However the ...
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Error AL lib: UpdateDeviceParams: Failed to set 44100hz, got 48000hz instead. What can I do?

I have Win 10 and when I open Blender I have the error: AL lib: UpdateDeviceParams: Failed to set 44100hz, got 48000hz instead
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Does Blender resume rendering after returning from hibernation in Windows 7?

I have a Windows 7 machine and my Blender render takes about 8 hours or so. Sometimes the laptop goes to sleep or I have to hibernate it to travel to work. Does Blender resume the rendering to avi raw ...
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Does Blender work in Windows 10?

Windows upgraded itself (from 8.1) without uninstalling Blender, but Blender wouldn't correctly work after this (look at the error message below). Video won't show. Does Blender work with Windows ...
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Blender hangs for a minute

My blender hangs very often for a minute on two. Sometimes it doesn't, in 90% cases it does. Typical places where it hangs are: at startup, just after showing console window, before showing UI. at ...
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Blender not working in Windows 10, any suggestions?

Yesterday, I upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and I had Blender version 2.75a installed before the update. Went to load blender and I get that script box that pops up to load blender and then ...
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Restore thumbnails in Windows File Explorer?

I remember Blender use to produce thumbnails in file explorer. I'm not sure what happened, but I've recently reformatted windows and installed 2.76b, and it still doesn't show them. I assume this isn'...
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How can I change the directory used to cache BVH?

Is there any way to specify where Blender saves the BVH cache files? It seems that it always goes to a folder inside my user profile (in my case, on Win7: ...
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Blender 2.74 Windows 64bit quits and displays hz issue

Here is the message that gets displayed: ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Blender on Windows or Linux?

Is Blender more stable on some Linux distributions, or just on Linux at all? I am contemplating dual-booting my computer and partition some of my HDD for Linux to use blender there. Would there be any ...
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Is Blender compatible with Windows 10?

Will Blender still work on Windows 10, and if so, will the full screen functionality still work? Are there any issues with Blender and Windows 10 I should be aware of before upgrading?
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How do I get the console on windows?

How do I get the console on windows? I opened the python console and it does nothing, and it isn't open on startup.
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Associate Blender with file import in other format than .blend

Is it possible to associate Blender (in Windows 7 and later) to open files as it would be done via Import. I often import files in .dae or .fbx format to Blender and I would like to import them simply ...
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Why is my Blender UI glitchy when using rendered preview?

When I enter rendered preview with cycles, the UI keeps turning black. GIF showing the problem. I noticed that the problem isn't occurring when I change the "Window Draw Method" from "Automatic" to "...
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How will Blender work on the Microsoft Surface Book?

How will Blender work on the Microsoft Surface Book? I'm not looking for benchmark numbers but for user experiences with this software/hardware combination. Thanks
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Blender VSE Renders audio/video out of sync

I've seen a few other posts in various places about this problem. But having tried all the ones I've found I'm not sure what else to do. My problem is that Blender renders my video out of sync with ...
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Blender 2.72 “blender-app.exe”

Blender version 2.72 in the .zip downloaded from blender.org there is a new file called blender-app.exe in addition to blender.exe. What is blender-app.exe for? Which file should I use to open ...
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Blender in Windows 10

I'm having some trouble with fresh installs of Blender on Windows 10. I've tried 2.79b and 2.78c and both do the same thing: they show the main window, then do nothing more. I updated my graphics ...
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How to bypass OpenGL 1.2 requirement for remote GPU rendering?

Disclaimer: I am aware that this question is very similar to these two and that the answer to my question would probably be applicable to them, too: How to run blender 2.77 on a virtual network ...
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Error while exporting preset in sapling:add tree

I've created a tree on Blender but when it comes to export preset it gives me this error: I can't understand what the problem is. Do I have to change some paths in the user settings?
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Blender debugging symbol files

Are there anywhere available the newest Blender debugging symbol files for ms-windows (*.pdb)? Blender recently crashed a few times and I wanted to provide developers more information than only info ...
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Wacom tablet acting oddly

Just putting this out there in case anyone has any ideas. I have an older Wacom Intous2 and it still works great. I'm on Windows7. On Blender 2.71 and earlier, my wacom tablet always worked perfectly,...
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Blender 2.73a crashes on start up

I am using windows 7 64-bit, freshly installed. I installed Blender 2.73a but after installation, when I open blender it crashes (Blender has stopped working), but Blender 2.68 works perfectly fine. ...
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Painting problem when using pen in Blender

I've been using Blender for years. This is my first time to experience it on a 2in1 PC (HP Pavilion x360). This machine has a pen which works perfectly in any app except Blender. Whenever I tap the ...
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Modifier Keys using multiple windows of the same file

I have split my layout into two windows using Window > Duplicate Window. I am working in window1, then want to pan the view in window2. I pan the view with the default Shift MMB. Just as window2 gets ...
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How well does Blender handle multiple instalations side by side?

I have Blender (latest stable version) installed on my workstation. I want to install the nightly build so that I can have the stereo 3D features for a project that I am working on. Are there any ...
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Unable to bake fluid after changing cache folder

So I've been studying Blender's fluid simulation and I realized that after I set the folder's path to somewhere else other than Window's temp folder (C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Temp) the bake ...
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Blender stopped opening for me on windows 10

When I open blender, the command box pops up, goes away, a grey window opens and then closes immediately with no error message or anything. Even when running as administrator. From following some ...
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Blender 2.79b crashes on start up

*Sorry for my bad English. I'm trying to install and use Blender 2.79b on my new computer which uses Windows 10 64-bit. But it always crashes on startup. After double-clicking, a console pops up and ...
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Where does my Python output go when I start Blender with a script in Windows?

I'm starting Blender 2.79 with a --python flag to run a python script. On a Mac, print() statements show up in the terminal ...
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Blender appears zoomed in, Windows 10 [duplicate]

Having this problem since I updated to W10 from W7. The whole blender window appears zoomed in. See: The window is minimized just for the screenshot You can see on the edges the effect of the zoom. ...
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Fly through a window into a new world / scene? [duplicate]

I have a window in an empty space. I need to show another world through that window and also have the camera fly through the window into the new world. Any tips on how to achieve this effect?
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How do I keep Blender from Freezing? [closed]

I've searched around and it seems that most people aren't having problems with Blender on Windows 10, but I have a peculiar problem that is so easy to forget about and illogical that it ends up being ...
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Using Python to write to the Windows clipboard (BINARY data, not plaintext) [closed]

(skip this first paragraph to get straight to the question) I have been attempting to augment my workflow in a little-known game engine for a game called "Natural Selection 2", and my plan is to be ...
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Does installing/running Blender tamper in any way with my system/settings or install additional software/required components?

My question is, does using Blender (since it doesn't require an installation as far as I understand) tamper in any way with my system, install additional/required/third party software or make any long ...
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Python's uuid module cause c runtime error in ms-windows

I'm using requests in my addon. On OSX it seems to work fine but on windows I'm getting this bizarre message box on startup: ...
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Why is my object lying on the surface when I export file as OBJ?

I've made a 3D model (a snowman). I've saved it as a BLEND file and it was standing. After that I wanted to export it as an OBJ file. I viewed it in Microsoft Print 3D and it was lying. How can I fix ...
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How do I fix Exception Access Violation error on startup?

I just installed Blender, but when I try to start it, the command prompt comes up with "Error: Exception_Access_Violation" and then closes (and Blender never starts of course). How do I fix this? I ...
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Is there a way to “hack” blender to work better in windows?

I have been using blender for some time in a Macbook pro. Then I used it in linux. Now I'm running it in a Windows 10 machine with similar or better capacities and it doesn't render nor shows previews ...
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Can I use blender as a photo and video viewer?

I want to know If I can use blender as a photo and video viewer? Like If I have a photo on my computer I just have to press "open with" blender and blender automatically open on the UV image editor if ...
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Why are my tool menus tiny? (pic) [duplicate]

I am using windows 10 on an ASUS laptop and the sidebars are miniscule. Thanks for the help.
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Blender 3D: Show and Work simultaneously on two or more scenes, same file

I use Blender 2.75 on Win 7. I some times create one blend file and a first scene. Than I duplicate the scene (once or more times as I need) and I make some variations to consider more possibilities ...
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Blender has stopped working: Crash on startup [closed]

I used Blender version 2.68a last year. I wanted to start using it again, but now whenever I start Blender it simply crashes immediately with the message, "Blender has stopped working". I've tried ...