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VMware Virtual Machine Has Incorrect Display Resolution

VMware Virtual Machine Has Incorrect Display Resolution

When VMware Workstation is installed and a virtual machine is created, by default the virtual machine is set to automatically adjust its display resolution according to the size of the window of VMware Workstation interface. This automatic display resolution adjustment becomes active after installing the VMware Tools on the guest operating system that is installed inside the virtual machine.

The automatic display resolution adjustment automatically gets enabled as soon as the VMware Tools are installed. However there might be instances when due to any inappropriate Windows configuration or misconfigured third-party application, the guest operating system fails to adjust the resolution automatically.

The reason behind this obnoxious behavior of VMware Workstation is the checkbox that enables this feature gets unchecked, hence disabling it. Since it is just the checkbox that is to be checked again to enable the automatic display resolution adjustment feature in the VMware Workstation, the issue can be resolved within no time. Although in order to make such global modifications in VMware Workstation settings it is recommended that any technical professional with decent experience must be hired temporarily to avoid accidental misconfiguration and further damage to the VMware Workstation, this section explains how you can rectify the problem without any other person’s help.

Below is the process using which you can re-enable the automatic display resolution adjustment feature in the VMware Workstation:

  1. Log on to the computer on which the VMware Workstation is to be configured to display proper resolution of the virtual machines.
  2. Once logged on, initialize the VMware Workstation application by double-clicking its icon.
  3. On the opened interface, click Edit menu.
  4. From the displayed drop-down menu, click Preferences.

  5. On the Preferences box, from the left pane, click to select Display option.
  6. From the right pane, under the Autofit section, check the Autofit window and Autofit guest checkboxes.

  7. Finally click OK button to save the changes.
  8. You might need to restart the VMware Workstation application, or the entire computer in order to allow the changes to take effect.


  • If VMware Workstation fails to adjust the display resolution automatically even after the restart, follow the above steps again to disable, and can re-enable the Autofit features in the application.

    Note: It is recommended that you use the administrator account to make any global modifications in the VMware Workstation application. This way you might be able to avoid any inconsistencies that the application may face due to improperly configured settings.
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