Fix Fuzzy Fonts/Blurry Text Problem in Windows Essentials & Browsers

Are you using a modern video card from AMD, such as the AMD Radeon HD 5000 or 6000 Series? Do you have problems with text being very blurry in Internet browsers or applications from the Windows Essentials package, such as Mail, Messenger or Photo Gallery? Then you are in luck - we have a solution for you to fix this problem.

Does The Text Look Blurry Like This?

In any of the applications included in the Windows Live Essentials package, does the text look similar to the screenshot below? Is it all blurry and impossible to read?

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Does this blurriness show up also in an Internet browser? If the answer is yes - then read on.

The Problem - Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) from AMD Drivers

The culprit is called Morphological Anti-Aliasing, a feature introduced by AMD in its drivers for more recent video cards (AMD Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series). This technology tries to improve the quality of images by applying full-scene anti-aliasing as a post-processing effect to all applications using graphical rendering functions included in the DirectX programming interface, used by default in Windows operating systems. Apparently this technology doesn’t work that well and can cause issues with the quality of the images being displayed.

Applications that use hardware acceleration to generate content and text are likely to have issues with this feature. Very common examples include Internet browsers with hardware acceleration enabled (Firefox versions 4 and above, Internet Explorer 9, Chrome 10 and above) and the applications included in the Windows Live Essentials suite.

The Fix - Disable Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) from the Control Center

First, right click on your desktop and select "AMD VISION Engine Control Center".

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In the "AMD VISION Engine Control Center" window, go to Gaming -> 3D Application Settings". In the Anti-Aliasing section, uncheck "Morphological filtering" and click Apply.

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Save any work you might be doing, close your open applications and restart your computer. Then, open the application where you had issues and check if the problem is fixed. The text should be crystal clear again, as seen in the screenshot below.

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This Doesn’t Help? Also try this Windows 7 Update!

The fix we posted should help you fix the problem. If it doesn’t and you are using Windows 7, then you should also try the Windows Update KB2454826. This is a reliability update which fixes problems and improves performance for applications that use hardware acceleration. The 32-bit version is found here and the 64-bit version here You will find this update also in Windows Update.