I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a new laptop and I'm having one of the most annoying issues with the RDP client (mstsc.exe). If I restore the full screen RDP window, I lose the ability to go back to full screen. The only way I can get it back is by running a new instance of mstsc, setting the option back to full screen, and connecting again.

I don't have this problem on any other machine (granted, this is the only copy of Home Premium I have). Is this a known issue? Is there a patch/fix? It's pretty obnoxious, I'm having to train myself to not use the restore button and only minimize it (which limits uses).

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That's weird, it works fine for me here (Windows 7 Ult. 32-bit).

Ctrl+Alt+Pause should toggle the RDP client in and out of full-screen as well. Does that work for you?

It's also possible for the server-side to have a maximum allowable resolution set. Although I would expect that wouldn't allow the full-screen in the first place, it may be worth looking into.

Perhaps test with another RDP server, if available?

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    CTRL+ALT+PAUSE WORKS! Well, technically CTRL+ALT+FN+PAUSE, which kind of sucks, but at least it works. And yea,that's why I say it's annoying. It's fine at work on Ultimate. It's fine on my desktop on Professional. Just doesn't behave well on my laptop using Home Premium. And it does behave the same when connecting to different servers. If it matters, the laptop is the only machine that has a widescreen resolution (1366x768). Either way, thanks!
    – Langdon
    Jan 30, 2010 at 18:43
  • Glad it works. :) Just for info's sake: I tested on my widescreen (1920x1080) originally, so I just bumped it down to 1360x768 and it worked properly there as well. So still weird on yours. ;) Jan 30, 2010 at 18:52
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    Is it possible to do this without a pause button?
    – detly
    May 9, 2012 at 1:38

As others noted, I was able to work around this by changing my resolution from 1366x768 to 1360x768 (I was surprised to find this option in the screen resolution options). Now, I'm able to start fullscreen, restore to windowed, and maximize back to fullscreen. On a Dell laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium x64 with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3670.

  • +1 - worked for me too on a dell studio xps, has been bugging me for months but could never be bothered to fix it :D Jun 6, 2010 at 13:01

Here are the steps you should follow:

  • Start "Remote Desktop Connection".
  • Click on "Options".
  • Click on the "Display" tab.
  • On "Display configuation" settings, you can change the "Remote Desktop Connection" display by moving the slider from "Small to Large".
  • By moving the "Slider" all the way to large, the display settings will automatically set to "Full Screen".
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    – Ivo Flipse
    Jan 17, 2011 at 19:15
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    Your answer nothing to do re-maximizing a restored remote desktop window as the original question described.
    – Langdon
    Jan 18, 2011 at 4:42
  • This worked for me. In the "Display configuration" you can drag the slider all of the way to the right and it will say "Full Screen".
    – Dan H
    Oct 9, 2012 at 14:12

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