I've created Windows 7 virtual machine on Windows 8 Hyper-V, but can find how to set resolution to anything widescreen (my monitor supports 1920x1200) to be able work fullscreen. Is it possible to get any widescreen resolution on Hyper-V virtual machine?

  • What happens if you fullscreen the Window (Alt-Enter)? How have you been trying to set the resolution so far? Oct 30 '12 at 18:11
  • going fullscreen doesn't help. stays 4:3.
    – boomhauer
    Jul 17 '13 at 16:46

There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Change the resolutions within the remote OS
  2. If connecting to a Windows OS, connect using Remote Desktop Connection instead of Hyper-V Viewer.

    Using RDP allows for more functionality including Client Screen Size, Audio, and Remote USB integration.

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    In resolution list on remote OS (Win7) I can't find any widescreen resolutions, they all are 4:3
    – Giedrius
    Oct 31 '12 at 7:22
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    RDP supports all resolutions that I need, but performance is terrible - I can see how my desktop is redrawing :(
    – Giedrius
    Nov 2 '12 at 10:36

For the moment, the answer seems to be a resounding "you can't do that."

The Hyper-V virtual video card is an 8MB card that only supports the 4:3 resolutions you see in the video control panel.

These are the options I've looked at:

  1. Remote Desktop: This is the only choice if you want to stick with Hyper-V
  2. VMWare Player or Workstation: VMWare Workstation isn't free, but it offers very good display support, including 3D acceleration. It also dynamically resizes the display resolution based on your window size. (Drag the window and the resolution changes automatically to fit the window.)
  3. Virtualbox: free and open source

In the end, I chose to simply RDP in to my virtual machine. It's the simplest method that fits my needs.

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