Changing the DPI settings of Windows XP Mode

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I have a deep, dark secret to confess. 

I run Windows in high DPI mode (this is where Windows displays larger text / icons).  I do not know why, but as a “tech guy” I sense some deep shame over this.  However, I just find my computer screens *so* much more readable in a high DPI mode. 

It is because of this that I know that setting up high DPI inside Windows XP mode can be a bit tricky.  The problem is that Windows XP mode uses Remote Desktop technology for integrated mode – and Remote Desktop does not allow you to change the DPI settings.

The way that you get this to work is:

  1. Disable Integration Features
  2. Right click on the desktop and select Properties
  3. Change to the Settings tab and click the Advanced button
  4. Change the DPI setting
  5. Hit OK and OK

At this stage you will be prompted to reboot the virtual machine.  When it comes back up it should boot into integrated mode automatically – but now with high DPI enabled.


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  • Hi Ben,

    use high DPI too - so you're not alone ;)

    Do I understand you right that with high DPI mode I'm not able to enable Integration Features for Windows XP mode if I would need it?



  • Hi Bjoern -

    Not quite.  You need to momentarily disable integration features in order to change the DPI - but once you have done that you can re-enable integration mode (it should re-enable automatically) and you will have the alternate DPI settings.



  • I've noticed that there's no way to have clipboard redirection when integration features are disabled.  I'd sure like to have *JUST* clipboard redirection if possible.

  • Cool thanks! That is a quick way to install things that do not like RDP too!

    Now, how do I get my 32bit color back!!! :)


  • Jorgie,

    You can get 32bit color with the Integration Components disabled.

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