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How can I change (increase) the DPI of a remote desktop session?

I am using two Windows 7 PC - both are already set to 125% on Control Panel/Display/Make it easier to read.

Yet when I open a Remote Desktop from one machine to the other the remote desktop is displayed at 100% (tiny).

How can I have the Remote Desktop displayed at 125%?

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I eventually found a solution to this via this blog post by Falafel Softare.


  • Download Microsoft's souped-up RDP client called Remote Desktop Connection Manager 2.2
  • When you add a new server, go to the 'Remote Desktop Settings' tab of the Properties and select 'Same as client area'
  • Remote Desktop Connection Manager will then display the remote machine using the client machines DPI settings.

I've written this up in a bit more detail with screenshots on my blog.

edit: Sounds like this might only work with Windows 8 clients, getting reports it doesn't work the same way with Windows 7 clients.

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perfect, thanks! –  laktak Aug 20 '14 at 7:27
Does not appear to work when using Windows 7 as the client, at least in my experience. The referenced blog post has more info. It sounds like Win8 vs Win7 might be an important variable. –  Cameron Mar 2 at 18:54
@Cameron ok thanks, have edited my answer –  codeulike Mar 4 at 12:54

Microsoft has released a hotfix enabling the DPI setting for RDP sessions.
Hotfix info: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2726399.
Hotfix downloads:

32-bit: http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix396134/7600/free/451040_intl_i386_zip.exe

64-bit: http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix396134/7600/free/451041_intl_x64_zip.exe

Also note that you have to manually either choose to open this file as administrator, or choose a different unzip location. Then run the smaller file that comes out, which will automatically elevate as it should.

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Presumably you install this on the destination machine rather than the one you are remoting from? –  codeulike Nov 7 '13 at 16:00
To answer myself: Yes, install the hotfix on the remote machine. –  codeulike Nov 7 '13 at 19:18
In case you are leary of hotfixes, this one is dated July 19, 2012. One would hope it is stable or MS would have pulled or updated it. –  JohnC Feb 18 '14 at 11:26

I know this is an old question, but I have found and elegant and easy solution to this issue.

Change Text Size is a small application written by Michel Stevelmans which will allow a user to change their DPI settings. I have tested it on Windows 7 and it has worked wonderfully.

Here is a link to the KBB article in regards to this issue: KB2544872

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Themed font sizes are not the same as the DPI setting. DPI affects more than window metrics and system default font sizes. –  Chris Smith Nov 16 '12 at 15:03

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