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I am using mstsc.exe version 6.0 (Remote Desktop non-Metro version) from an XP machine and cannot get Windows 8 in a Xen VM snapping to work. I can drag a metro app window to the left or right, but it doesn't stick, it just bounces back to full screen. The snap bars do not appear.

The client PC has two monitors, each with a resolution of 1280x1024. While mstsc.exe 6.0 does have an option to use both monitors simultaneously in normal settings, I am launching it with spanning enabled:

mstsc.exe /span

So the effective resolution in the session is 2560x1024.

Is there a trick to getting this to work over RDP?

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Is the resolution at least 1366x768 (client screen)? – Bob Oct 29 '12 at 4:30
I can't replicate your problem. Can you give more details? – Caleb Jares Oct 29 '12 at 4:30
Wait, 6.0? Is this on XP? If not, you should get an updated version. – Bob Oct 29 '12 at 4:38
@CalebJares The point remains: mstsc 6.0 may be lacking support. In any case, I've just verified that it works with mstsc /w:1366 /h:768 on mstsc 6.1, WinXP, so that does not appear to be the case. Paul, try specifying width and height rather than span? – Bob Oct 29 '12 at 5:14
@Bob Ok, it doesn't work with 6.1 either, but I realised that I hadn't taken into consideration that it was running in a VM, with a basic graphics card. I suspect this is the reason. – Paul Oct 29 '12 at 11:48

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