Configuring wide screen resolutions in a Hyper-V virtual machine

I recently had to do some demonstrations on my laptop – which has a 1366 x 768 display.  This made it hard to use Hyper-V virtual machines, which default to 1024 x 768 and only allow you to configure 4 x 3 resolutions.

Luckily, it is actually possible to setup a Hyper-V virtual machine with a widescreen resolution.  Though the process is not that intuitive.  What you need to do is:

  1. Right click on the desktop of the virtual machine and select Screen Resolution
  2. Select Advanced Settings
  3. Click List All Modes
  4. Choose the screen resolution that you want and click OK


You can also use this method to set the virtual machine resolution to 800 x 600 or 640 x 480 – which is usually not allowed on recent versions of Windows.