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how to resize VM machine inside VM workstation

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I have installed VM Machines (windows2008 and Fedora Linux) in VM Workstation.
The VM machines window is too small even when I select full Scree.

When I try to install VMware Tools, it gives me a warning. that I cannot install VMware tools until the host is running. I click Install but it does not seem doing anything.
 The VM machines are running,but cannot make them display in full screen inside VM Workstation.

I tried Ctrl+Alt, and did not help

Any help?

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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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To install VMware Tools, the VM has to be running?

Is the VM running, and are you logged into the VM, to install VMware Tools?
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by:teletechtodd
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In workstation/vShere, when you click install VMTools, what it actually does is mount a virtual CD to the VM and install the executable file. It determines what CD it needs to mount by looking at the OS type in the VM properties. Windows and some verisons of Linux can have the CD "autorun" and the program is installled automatically in the background. I am not sure if it pops up a window when it is complete. I am more familiar with vSphere with ESX but it should be the same with Workstation. If you want to be sure it installs, click on install VMTools, but choose interactive instead of automatic. The only difference is that it will still automount the CD but you have to open the CD folder window inside the VM and double click the setup file. In windows it is always setup.exe or setup64.exe file to click on and in linux, it is the "install-vmtools.pl" file on the CD (a python script). When vmware detects that the install program is finished running, it will automatically detach and reattach the previous iso file that was previously mounted. reboot the VM and you can see vmtools in add/remove programs if it is really insatalled. If running, you should also see the VM icon in the taskbar.
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by:jskfan
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I logged in to fedora and in the ile browser I opened up the vmware tools rpm with install manager , but it throw a message " error unknow. please refer to detail...." and in the details it says that vmware tools arleady installed.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 167 total points
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Which versions of vmware workstation and fedora?

Did you try clicking on your name, settings, display and change the resolution?
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If I used the easy install of Fedora 17 it installed vmware tools automatically and the display resolution follows the window size
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Thank you
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