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I would like to play Plant vs Zombies in window mode but the result is a window too small for my actual resolution (1920x1200).

Is it possible, using some external program and without changing my native desktop resolution, to launch Plant vs Zombies in a sizable/stretchable window?

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I read it "How can I ruin Plants vs (etc)".... Lol – deprilula28 Dec 4 '15 at 23:27

It's a bit overboard, but you could do like the accepted answer on this question: Is it possible to run RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 in windowed mode?

You could install Virtual PC on Windows 7, install and run PvZ on that, and then size it the way you want.

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You could use software such as ResizeEnable to make the window resizable, although I can't vouch for the quality of this specific product, having not used it.

If there's a settings.ini file or something similar somewhere in your PvZ folder, you might be able to change the default size of the windowed application as well.

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I tried ResizeEnable but it doesn't work, at least on my OS (Windows 7 32-bit). – Drake Feb 26 '11 at 18:20

Plants vs Zombies has a fixed resolution of 800*600, so you won't be able to do this unfortunately

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Plants Vs. Zombies' Windowed Mode runs the game at 800x600. You can access the windowed game by unchecking the 'Fullscreen' option in the menu here:

In-game menu

You mentioned that 800x600 is too small for your screen. As a workaround that doesn't require installing additional software, you could temporarily lower your PC's screen resolution.

On Windows 7 and up:

  • Right-Click the Desktop
  • Click Screen Resolution
  • Lower your screen resolution and click Apply.

You can also adjust the size of the taskbar to be smaller if you find this takes too much space:

  • Right-Click the Taskbar->Properties
  • Check the 'Use Small Icons' box
  • Apply and OK

This wont make the window resizable, but will make it larger on screen relative to the resolution that the OS is outputting.

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