[Step by Step] How to adjust the resolution of virtual machine in Windows XP Mode?


1. Shut down the virtual machine in Windows Virtual PC, so to exit the Windows XP Mode.

2. Open a command prompt window with elevated privilege.

3. Run the following command 

cd /d “%localappdata%MicrosoftWindows Virtual PCVirtual Machines”

REM make a copy of the configuration files

copy “Windows XP Mode.vmc” “Windows XP Mode.vmc.backup”
notepad “Windows XP Mode.vmc”

4. Modify the number in the following sections. For example, you have a computer that has a resolution rate of 1280×800, you can adjust the following numbers to 1024×640 in the ratio of 16:10. This makes Windows XP Mode display more properly in Windows mode. 

 “<resolution_height type=”integer”>768</resolution_height>”

 “<resolution_width type=”integer”>1024</resolution_width>”. 

5. Save the configuration file.

6. Restart Windows XP Mode


_Contributed by Sharp Xu

Comments (2)

  1. xyZod says:

    It is resetting back to the original resolution, once restarted. What to do?

  2. Boundless says:

    It appears that the horizontal resolution is limited to 2048. I just brought up a 2560×1440 DisplayPort monitor, and got a useful vertical, but setting the horizontal to 2400 resulted in it snapping back to 2048.