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Windows 7: Windows will not go full screen

04 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/MS-DOS 6.22
Windows will not go full screen

I run Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro in VirtualBox and it will not go full screen. I used to use Parallels, but W7 was like Molasses in the Arctic. So I switched to VB because my friend suggested it. Now it will not go full screen (for me, 1680x1050). I either get a box in the middle of my screen or I can't see the taskbar.

Is there a way to force Windows to a certain resolution?

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14 Jun 2009   #2

Mac OS X 10.7
Similar Situation

I'm on a MacBook 2.2 Core 2 Duo, using VirtualBox for Win7RC, and I have a possibly related video issue: I am not able to find a driver for my video card installed in the virtual machine, so I cannot use the Aero themes - nor does any of the Aero eye-candy work.

In response to Chsmadden: have you installed Guest Additions? From the VirtualBox "Devices" menu (while your virtual PC is running) choose "Install Guest Additions."
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14 Jun 2009   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Well good evening people and welcome to the Se7enforums! When running XP, Vista, or 7 on a virtual machine don't expect a lot of device drivers to go on like you would normally see when any version is installed directly to a hard drive.

As for not being able to go full screen I run into that running the new XP mode for 7 as well as having Vista running on the Virtual PC beta. A virtual machine operates mainly in a windowed environment. The video card is actually a virtual card and addon devices like tv tuner cards will fail to initialize.

A virtual machine allows you to run the OS and programs compatible with it in an isolated environment apart from the host OS. That allows Linux to be run on a Windows machine as well as seeing some run Windows on a Linux box. Likewise the 7 RC is a guest OS on the MacBooks you have there.
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