Remote Desktop client in windows 7

Posted on 2009-12-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I manage 18 servers from home, so I use remote desktop, a lot.  At any given time, I might have 5 or 6 different RDP windows open.  I have three displays on my main PC, and they run at 1920 x 1600.  All of the RDP windows are are resolutions less than this, so if they are maximized, they do not fill the screen.  

I recently loaded Windows 7 Enterprise on my main PC.  Just as with Vista, whenever I open an RDP session, the window opens in the upper left corner of one of my screens.  But, when I drag the window to a new location (different place in the window, or a different screen altogether) the window reduces in size by about half, now appearing with scroll bars at the side and bottom.  So, I then have to manually drag the corner of the RDP window back to full size.  If I move the window again, it shrinks it again, and maximizing it moves it back to the upper left corner again!  

I know this is a pretty trivial problem in the grand scheme of things, but it's plenty annoying.  Does anyone know how (or even if) this can be changed?  Thanks

Question by:aclundwall
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    I have the same issue, never found the solution.
    I belive it has something to do with the keyboard shortcuts to resizing the windows...

    but may I suggest, to use some RDP manager. you can use this link here to try one of them:
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    I run Win7 and I cannot reproduce your problem. You say, you are using a resolution less than 1920x1200 (1600?) for your remote window and if you move it on the same screen even, the window changes in size and needs the scrollbars? Not for me, but I am using a single display here.
    Windows 7 uses RD Client 7 (Vista uses 6), this could be it. You might be able to reinstall an earlier version of the client alongside version 7 and try it. It was possible with vista to install version 5.2 alongside with 6 for example.
    These previous versions are available at Microsoft download center.
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    Perhaps it may be due that the pc you''re r emoting to may have a different resolution.

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    Yes, I mis-stated my resolution.... I have three monitors in my extended desktop, all run at 1920x1200.  And the servers I'm connecting to are all configured to run resolutions of 1024x768 or 1280x1024.  But the problem is not limited to my desktop PC.  I get the same behavior on my other PC which has a single monitor, running at 1600x1200 (I loaded that one with windows 7 just to test this.  Same thing happens.  

    Centery.. the resolution of the computer I'm connecting to doesn't change.... just the size of the window..  It goes from it's full size to a smaller size with scroll bars.  It didn't do this under Vista.

    I think McKnife may be onto something... I'm going to try and see if I can load the Windows Vista version of RDP on windows 7 and see if the problem goes away.  There are just enough good features in Windows 7 to make me want to use it if I can get this annoying problem to go away.  

    Thanks to all so far.  


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    The following steps fixed this problem for me:

    1.      Go to Control Panel
    2.      Click on Ease of Access link or Ease of Access Center icon.
    3.      Select Change how your mouse works or Make the mouse easier to useoption.
    4.      Tick the check box for Prevent Windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen with the mouse under Make it easier to manage windows section.

    I tried installing the previous version of RDP client, but the install failed.  I can't recall the exact error, and I'm not certain it couldn't be made to work.  Since I had already solved my problem by implementing the steps above, I only tried the different RDP client in the interest of testing your theory.... but I when it didn't work right away, I put it aside for another time.  Thanks for the suggestion.

    Thanks all for the assistance.  

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    So it was Aero snap? Man... :))))

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