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[Utility] StacksTweak - Easily tweak some BlueStacks Settings

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4th November 2011, 06:47 PM   |  #1  
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I love having the BlueStacks player on my desktop. Thanks to this forum(specially this thread by cccy) I have managed to run it standalone with LaucherPro as Home since I detest the Windows SideBar. A lot has to be done by fiddling with the registry, which not everyone is particularly familiar with. So I decided to quickly bang together a tool which does the following:
  • Change from FullScreen to Windowed Mode
  • Change SDCard file location
  • Change device resolution

Maybe at some point adding more features could be in the works, but for now I just hope it could help someone.
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Since we skin anything and everything we find(images attatched, just extract and copy to BlueStacks Install folder):

Apply will kill all bluestacks processes and the windows sidebar, then launch frontend in standalone mode. You can manually restart the sidebar for now

This utility requires .net 4 to be installed on your PC.Backup your registry before attempting to use the software
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Originally Posted by cornelha

I love having the BlueStacks player on my desktop. Thanks to this forum(specially this thread by cccy) I have managed to run it standalone with LaucherPro as Home since I detest the Windows SideBar. A lot has to be done by fiddling with the registry, which not everyone is particularly familiar with. So I decided to quickly bang together a tool which does the following:

  • Change from FullScreen to Windowed Mode
  • Change SDCard file location
  • Change device resolution

Maybe at some point adding more features could be in the works, but for now I just hope it could help someone.
Screenshot:

Since we skin anything and everything we find(images attatched, just extract and copy to BlueStacks Install folder):

Apply will kill all bluestacks processes and the windows sidebar, then launch frontend in standalone mode. You can manually restart the sidebar for now

This utility requires .net 4 to be installed on your PC.Backup your registry before attempting to use the software

Nice to see gizmostack is not the only tool that does this, I never added the sdcard part like you have as I just did not see the need for it but its really nice to see other software out there, please update this post if you make another one you can follow mine at www.gizmostack.co.uk Gizmostack does not neet .net so will work with xp off the bat without installing it but I don't see this really as something great its just a different way of doing it.

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Nice to see gizmostack is not the only tool that does this, I never added the sdcard part like you have as I just did not see the need for it but its really nice to see other software out there, please update this post if you make another one you can follow mine at www.gizmostack.co.uk Gizmostack does not neet .net so will work with xp off the bat without installing it but I don't see this really as something great its just a different way of doing it.

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I am a .net developer, so makes sense for me to build .net based tools. I wrote this because I didnt feel like fiddling with the registery, figured sharing it could help someone else. I checked out your tool, nice work. I am more interested in android development at the moment, cloning the MIUI mms app is something I am currently looking into. Have had loads of fun messing around with the layouts, maybe soon I release it.
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Nice work! does this work with beta 1?

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Awesome! Thanks a lot!
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Nice work! does this work with beta 1?

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yes, it does
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I just downloaded Windows 8, but the app crashes on startup. I don't know what the issue is. Is it possible if you could update the app to support Windows 8?
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I am a .net developer, so makes sense for me to build .net based tools. I wrote this because I didnt feel like fiddling with the registery, figured sharing it could help someone else.

I tried it in Windows 8 and it seems .net applications can't access the registry any more without "contacting your administrator".

I've tried adjusting the resolution by increasing the Width and Height settings in the registry manually, but then my touch input is off by the same amount of pixels. Is there any other trick I'm missing here?

--- Edit ---

I've discovered that you need to restart BlueStacks a couple of times before the new resolution "sticks". The first time only the window itself will change size. The launcher will still have the original size and will be in the bottom left corner. Clickable areas will be off by some pixels.

After the next reboot, the laucher will be the correct size, but the wallpaper will not stretch all the way. I've resolved this by rebooting a couple of times and using different wallpaper apps to set the new wallpaper. I'm not really sure which action resolved the problem.
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Nice to see gizmostack is not the only tool that does this, I never added the sdcard part like you have as I just did not see the need for it but its really nice to see other software out there, please update this post if you make another one you can follow mine at www.gizmostack.co.uk Gizmostack does not neet .net so will work with xp off the bat without installing it but I don't see this really as something great its just a different way of doing it.

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Is there some secret to finding your app because I looked all over that site and failed to find it.
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I just downloaded Windows 8, but the app crashes on startup. I don't know what the issue is. Is it possible if you could update the app to support Windows 8?

I don't have a copy of Windows 8, although Windows 8 supports .net out the box, it should work. If you can screenshot the error I can take a look.
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I tried it in Windows 8 and it seems .net applications can't access the registry any more without "contacting your administrator".

I've tried adjusting the resolution by increasing the Width and Height settings in the registry manually, but then my touch input is off by the same amount of pixels. Is there any other trick I'm missing here?

--- Edit ---

I've discovered that you need to restart BlueStacks a couple of times before the new resolution "sticks". The first time only the window itself will change size. The launcher will still have the original size and will be in the bottom left corner. Clickable areas will be off by some pixels.

After the next reboot, the laucher will be the correct size, but the wallpaper will not stretch all the way. I've resolved this by rebooting a couple of times and using different wallpaper apps to set the new wallpaper. I'm not really sure which action resolved the problem.

I havent really tested it with the latest versions of BlueStacks at all, you could try run as Administrator to get registry access

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