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After An RDP Session From A 'Big' Monitor, The Local PC's Screen Is Too Big For Its Monitor

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At my desk, I have a 23" widescreen monitor for my Windows 7 Professional PC. At one of our remote offices, there's an XP Pro (SP3) PC that has a much smaller (physically) monitor (15", not widescreen).

When I use RDP to reach that XP computer, the session operates in full screen, which is my preference. That's fine & good. However, when the local users at that office log back in, they find that their desktop is "too big". Portions of the screen are extended beyond the physical frame of the monitor. It's as though the PC is trying to render the display to accommodate my large monitor, rather than resizing to the smaller monitor that is physically attached. If they reboot, everything looks fine to them.

This is a new one for me. In the past, I used RDP from XP to XP for years. For a few months now, I've used my new Win 7 PC to reach several other XP machines, and no one else is reporting this trouble.  The other XP machines resize themselves to fit their physically attached monitors - withour restarting.

What am I doing wrong?

My Win 7 PC's RDP client has Shell Version 6.1.7600 and says "Remote Desktop Protocol 7.0 supported"
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by:oakie22
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The XP PC is a Dell Vostro 200. There have been no updates to the driver for the integrated video. I.e, the PC has the latest version of the driver, but that's the same version that shipped with the PC.
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I put a cheap-ish video card in the PCI-Express slot and disabled the onboard video. Problem solved.
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It's not a real solution, but it's an acceptable workaround.
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