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Retina display support in VMware Fusion (2034670)

Purpose

This article provides information about the Retina display support in VMware Fusion.

Resolution

VMware Fusion 7.x, 6.x and 5.x includes Retina display support. To make use of this new feature, you require:
  • Retina display equipped Mac hardware
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 as a guest
The VMware Fusion user interface and art has been updated to take advantage of the crispness of the Retina display. By default, VMware Fusion scales (pixel-doubles) a Windows virtual machine to ensure maximum compatibility.

Retina display support is not enabled by default. Users can switch to enable full Retina display under Settings > Display > Use full resolution for Retina display.


Optimizing Windows when running on a Retina display

When using full resolution, Windows icons and text appear very small. This can be adjusted under the Control Panel in Windows 7 and 8. For maximum crispness on the Retina display, the ClearType settings can also be tuned in the Control Panel. For more information, see the Microsoft articles Getting the best display on your monitor and Make the text on your screen larger or smaller.


Limitations of Retina display support
  • Entering Unity mode when running on a Retina display with Use full resolution for Retina display selected results in larger than expected text. VMware recommends using Single-window and Full screen modes when using full Retina display resolution.
  • Mac OS X running in a virtual machine is limited to an approximate resolution of 2560 x 1600, and treats the display as a standard DPI device. This makes the text and icons to appear small in the OS X interface.
  • iMac 5K 5120 x 2880 retina display is currently not supported in VMware Fusion.

See Also

Update History

09/03/2014: Updated for Fusion 7.x

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