Configuring wide screen resolutions in a Hyper-V virtual machine

Configuring wide screen resolutions in a Hyper-V virtual machine

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I recently had to do some demonstrations on my laptop – which has a 1366 x 768 display.  This made it hard to use Hyper-V virtual machines, which default to 1024 x 768 and only allow you to configure 4 x 3 resolutions.

Luckily, it is actually possible to setup a Hyper-V virtual machine with a widescreen resolution.  Though the process is not that intuitive.  What you need to do is:

  1. Right click on the desktop of the virtual machine and select Screen Resolution
  2. Select Advanced Settings
  3. Click List All Modes
  4. Choose the screen resolution that you want and click OK

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You can also use this method to set the virtual machine resolution to 800 x 600 or 640 x 480 – which is usually not allowed on recent versions of Windows.

Cheers,
Ben

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  • I always face this problem , but now it's OK.

    Thanks

  • I tried this on a Windows 8 Host with a Windows 7 guest, but 'List All Modes' didn't show any widescreen modes?

  • I agree. This does not work even slightly. Thanks.

  • Awesome, thank you so much for posting this

  • PLEASE fix this so it works on a Windows 7 VM.   List all modes shows more resolutions but none of them are widescreen.

  • How to set up 1920*1080 resolution or higher?

  • Does not work on my windows 8 machine. The list does not contain widescreen resolutions.

  • Virtual Machine Connection still lags behind the 'Open Console' feature in VMWare ESXi.

    'Open Console' supports resolutions above 1600x1200 and different aspect ratios. Even using Hyper-V for Windows Phone development is handicapped by Hyper-V not supporting higher resolutions and scaling the resolution this will become more of an issue as phone resolutions increase.

    The usual response is "use RDP", but RDP is not always a viable option. Users have been asking for improvement since 2008 see - social.technet.microsoft.com/.../hyperv-and-display-resolution but still nothing has changed with regard to this issue. I understand that this feature may not be high-priority requirement for enterprise users but it would certainly make a lot of hyper-v users happy.

  • same problem here, upper solution not work for me. stupid freak i remove my looks like I have to switch back to Oracle Virtual Machine, which was better than Ms Virtual Pc.

  • The other solution is to use a remote desktop connection... you can even edit the RDP file to set the resolution to whatever you want. (I actually use 1920x1000, so the RDP window fits inside my 2560x1080p monitor without being hidden behind the task bar.

  • Didn't think of RDP into it but that worked instead.  The Hyper-V doens't support the 1920x1080...

  • not working for me. (Im using Windows 2008 R2 as Hyper-V host and Windows 2008 R2 virtual computers).

  • Wow, change a setting in the Screen Resolution configuration to change the screen resolution...I would never have thought of that!

    Honestly, what a waste of internet paper...

  • Worked perfect. Thanks!

  • If you do not see the extected display modes, update the virtual display driver. Update the integration service if needed. Go to VPC Device Manager and uninstall the display driver. Reboot VPC.

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