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Windows 7: Different Display Settings: WMWare & VirtualBox

19 May 2012   #1
amflores

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 
Different Display Settings: WMWare & VirtualBox

I'm new to virtualization machines.
On my system (Win7 Home Premium 32bits) I'm trying VMWare Player and VirtualBox in order to choose the one that suits me best.
Don't know why, but display settings (Control Panel) are different.
For example, I'm running 1280x800 pixels 32bits on VMWare, what gives me access to a full window screen without those annoying side and bottom slide bars.
On VirtualBox, on the contrary, the available display settings are not the same (1280x800 pixels) is not available using the display settings slide bar)and I choose to use 1152x864 pixels 32 bits.
It is not a full screen window and the slide bars are there to use to navigate through the screen what pisses me off.
Is there a way to have both machines running full screen without those slide bars?
What am I doing wrong?
Any help will be appreciated.
Flores


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19 May 2012   #2
kado897

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Hi amflores. I take it that you are speaking about a Windows 7 guest. Have you installed the Guest additions in the VM?
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19 May 2012   #3
amflores

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

Quote:
....I take it that you are speaking about a Windows 7 guest. Have you installed the Guest additions in the VM?
Hi kado897,

Yes, I am and I did install guest additions to VMWare.
The problem (annoying slide bars) happens on VirtualBox only, as there is no display settings to make VB to opem full screen with no slide bars.

Regards,
Flores
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19 May 2012   #4
GEWB

32bit: XP, Win7 H.P. / 64bit: 2008R2, Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Several flavors of Linux
 
 

VBox does full screen just fine. Two ways: Menu bar or Hot Keys.

Menu bar: View > Switch to Full Screen

Hot Keys: Host + F (Host on mine is right CTRL)

Regards,
GEWB
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20 May 2012   #5
kado897

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by amflores View Post
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....I take it that you are speaking about a Windows 7 guest. Have you installed the Guest additions in the VM?
Hi kado897,

Yes, I am and I did install guest additions to VMWare.
The problem (annoying slide bars) happens on VirtualBox only, as there is no display settings to make VB to opem full screen with no slide bars.

Regards,
Flores
You said you installed Guest additions in VMWare did you also install them in the VirtualBox W7 VM.

Just in case you didn't here are some instructions.

1. Before starting the VM go into settings.
2. Select the Display tab.
3. Tick both 3D and 2D boxes.
4. Set the Video memory slider to at least 128MB. 256MB is better.
5. Save the changes and start the VM.
6. When you are logged on to Windows in the VM hover your mouse at the bottom ceter oth the screen to pop up the VirtualBox mini toolbar
7. Select Devices and from the popup menu select Install Guest Additions...
8. An autoplay prompt should appear. Select "Install VirtualBox Windows Additions.
9. follow the install wizard instructions. When you are asked what to install check the Experimental 3D box and reply "No" to the prompt asking if you want basic 3D support.
10. Reboot when asked. When Win 7 is loaded again it should automatically detect your display size and adjust to it. You should also be able to use an aero theme.

It is some time since I installed Win 7 in VMPlayer but the principle is the same.
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20 May 2012   #6
amflores

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

Quote:
VBox does full screen just fine. Two ways: Menu bar or Hot Keys.
Hello GEWB,

Thanks, but .....

1 - Using the Menu bar: Now I have a full screen without the bottom toolbar and no access to the START button, as there are no more slide bars;

2 - Hot keys: My DELL laptop has no right CTRL key . I used the top toolbar. As in #1, I have no access to the START button, as there are no more slide bars.

Cheers,
Flores
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20 May 2012   #7
amflores

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

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..... 7. Select Devices and from the popup menu select Install Guest Additions...
8. An autoplay prompt should appear. Select "Install VirtualBox Windows Additions".

Hello kado897,

I had a problem installing "Install VirtualBox Windows Additions".
Coul not proceed. Don't know why.

Give me some time. OK?

Many thanks,
Flores
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20 May 2012   #8
kado897

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You may have to do it in safe mode although I did it OK on Saturday without safe mode.


We have a bit of a time zone incompatibility here. I'm going to have to leave you to get some sleep. I have to be up and about in 7hrs so best of luck. I will pick up in the morning.
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21 May 2012   #9
amflores

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

Quote:
...You may have to do it in safe mode ......I will pick up in the morning.
No hurry.
I will try Safe Mode.

Regards,
Flores
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21 May 2012   #10
kado897

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I'm back online if you need me.
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