I just downloaded VMware player (I used to use Virtual Box, but I needed Windows Aero, and vbox doesn't support that yet) But it will automatically resize the guest when I resize the window, and I do not want that. I did not see an option to turn it off. Does anyone know?

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    I don't see it either but most options that we are used to with workstation are not present in player. – Sky Sanders Feb 17 '10 at 1:09
  • I know this option exists in Workstation... – Josh Feb 17 '10 at 3:18
  • Where is the option in Workstation? – EMP Jan 24 '12 at 23:56
  • Player has options for monitor count. But it does not allows to use them due to weird autosize guest. – Maximus Feb 12 '13 at 22:04

If you do not want this feature, you will need to uninstall VMware tools from the Guest OS. Try this if you are not very specific about having VMware tools.

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Rename or delete C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Tools\VMWareResolutionSet.exe in the VM to prevent the resize while keeping VMWare Tools installed.

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  • This is the right answer. Thank you – Gabriel Fair Jul 9 at 22:04
  • Strange, but only this method actually solves the problem! – Alexei Shcherbakov Sep 5 at 11:03

To disable the auto resize the orginal file must have the setting disabled in the Workstation edition that created the VM. By default the VM Player honors all the setting specified when creating the VM.

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  • I've not seen this work. I have trialled VMware Workstation several times. Each time I do this, I set the "don't resize" option, but whenever I switch back to VMware Player (after the trial ends) it always reverts to re-sizing. This is the case whether the VM was created by VMware Converter, Workstation or by creating the VMX file manually. – Mark Booth Mar 30 '10 at 11:25

Disabling the "Vmware SVGA II" display adapter is better than removing the vmware tools, as you keep all the other functions, the only thing you loose is Direct X/3D graphics. I'd like to know a proper solution to the problem, just out of interest you don't get this problem with windows 98 once you have set the svga.maxWidth = 800 and svga.maxHeight = 600. Why This does not work for Windows 2000/Xp etc escapes me....

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    Disabling the display adapter didn't help for me. Changing the VM from full screen to window still resized the windows in the guest OS (Windows 7). – EMP Jan 24 '12 at 23:48

I can confirm that @BinaryMisfit is correct on how to disable this.

My setup:

  • VMware Workstation 12 Player (Non-commercial use only)
  • Windows 7 Professional (Guest OS)
  • Already set the 'Smaller - 100% (default)' radio button in the guest OS

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I unchecked the 'Automatically adjust user interface size in the virtual machine' while the guest OS was running and after clicking 'Ok' the guest OS immediately said it needed to log out and log back in for changes to take effect.


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  • In VMware Player downloaded a few days ago, "Display Scaling" option is missing even though the documentation says such an option exists. Since images cannot be added to comments, ended up adding image to answer below: – user1823664 May 29 '16 at 14:22
  • Please note that this was in regard to Windows. Not Linux - which is what I see (preaumed) in the image you provided. – Erutan409 May 29 '16 at 14:28

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