Hyper-V and Widescreen

Moving to Windows 8, and migrated my old virtual pc images (used for dev purposes) to run under Hyper-V. Some things seems a bit weird at first but was able to resolve them all.


Except: running xp under hyper-v does not allow resizing the screen and have it change the resolution of the hosted OS.

Ok, kinda bummer, maybe they’ll fix this eventually. I’ll just pick a res that is close to full screen and use it that way for now.

But no: the resolutions supported are all 4×3. This means to make the screen small enough so that it doesnt show scrollbars to move it up/down to reveal the full hosted desktop, one must reduce the resolution down to… 1024×768. (assuming a 1080p screen).

So, now my nice dev envrinoment is reduced to this little postage stamp on my screen.

I’ve read forum posts complaining about this going back to 2009, but apparently MS has no intention of supporting dynamic resizing *nor* even supporting some widescreen resolutions.


So now my dev efforts in the VM will be run in a window that is effectively a 10″ screen. Hooray Eyestrain!


Here is some further discussion on the topic: at MS Technet: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/19f32070-46c7-4dec-8824-9942f7fc5a2c/  and a shorter discussion on superuser.com http://superuser.com/questions/496434/hyper-v-wide-screen-resolutions