RDP Changes Display Settings of Console Session in Windows 7

Posted on 2010-01-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-21
I have (4) monitors, soon to be (5), on a Windows 7 x64 workstation. The monitors reside on two separate Nvidia graphic cards, and soon a third will be added to the PC for the fifth monitor.

(3) of the monitors (and the soon to be added) are 24" monitors and the other (1) is a 42" monitor.

I have the 42" monitor mirrored with one of the 24" monitors, as the 42" is wall mounted. This comprises the windows monitor identity of 3/4.

Currently the orientation is (with X being 5 shortly, but currently unused):

X   3/4
1     2

After a remote desktop session into this workstation, the orientation after logging back in locally is:

     3/4   2

and obviously I don't know where it'd put X (either to the left of 3/4 or to the right of 1).

I'm curious as to why the display settings are changing after a RDP session, and how to fix it; I'm having to change the orientation back multiple times a day.

Also, curiously, it changes the resolution of display 2 out of its native resolution of 1920 x 1200 to 1920 x 1080.
Question by:Tercestisi
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    Are you using an HP machine? I've seen this kind of behaviour when the HP tool SetRes is installed. It is autostarted on the machine and forces an optimal (?) resolution on the display adapters.

    Also, what resolution do you choose when starting an RDP session?

    Remote Desktop Connection supports high-resolution displays that can be spanned across multiple monitors. However, the total resolution on all monitors must be under 4096 x 2048 pixels. The monitors must have the same resolution. Additionally, the monitors must be aligned side-by-side.

    To have the desktop of the remote computer span multiple monitors, type Mstsc /span at a command prompt.
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    by:Cláudio Rodrigues
    That is not the case anymore with RDP 7, available on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. They do support true multi monitor redirection.
    You mentioned connecting remotely to the Windows 7 machine. From what kind of machine/OS are you RDPing from? I would assume it is Windows 7 as well, correct?
    This sounds like a bug to me and if that is the case the best way is to post on the Microsoft Public Newsgroups. The RDP Team is always there and will figure it out and fix if it is indeed a bug as I suspect.

    Cláudio Rodrigues
    Citrix CTP

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    I am connecting from Windows 7 machines; I will look into the RDP Team.

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