Thank you Jeromie! I suppose things like this are the price we pay for being early adopters,but I didn't realize I was THAT early or that lowering screen res wouldn't help.
BTW, I'm running Windows 8.1 for whatever that may be worth.
We worked really closely with Microsoft to optimize the experience for Internet Explorer on Win8+, and the Google Chrome experience is also really good. We had to do a bunch of scaling work to support high-DPI displays.
Both Microsoft and Google invested heavily in modernizing their plug-in APIs so that we can efficiently offer security-in-depth mechanisms to protect against the modern generation of malware, and instead had to retrofit a sandboxing approach to the Netscape Plug-In API (NPAPI), which has largely remained unchanged since the '90s.
Since neither Chrome or IE have an installer (Flash Player is a built-in component of both, so there's nothing to download or update beyond the browser, which is managed through the Chrome Updater and Windows Update respectively), we overlooked the scaling considerations for NPAPI installer dialogs on high-DPI displays. The folks that test the installers aren't typically the folks that test the latest engineering efforts around compatibility on cutting-edge hardware, and it probably looks fine in a Win8.1 VMWare image running on a 1280x1024 display.
Anyway, it shouldn't be too difficult to fix, but I think you're going to find pretty quickly that Chrome is generally going to be a better experience on Win8.1.
Thank you for that explanation. I appreciate the efforts to support Firefox in spite of the situation you describe. Chrome does have many advantages, but Firefox works better for some functions I use daily, like downloading Facebook images for enhanced viewing without saving them.