VMWare Workstation 11 - laptop has high res, vm guest is TINY

I am running Workstation 11.  I used to run it on an older laptop running Windows 8 which had a lower resolution.

My new laptop is running Windows 10 and has 3840x2160 native resolution.  Just as an example, I'm trying to install Linux off an .iso and when the install screen loads, it's this tiny square in the middle of the guest window. I can't even make out the menu.

I've tried the following:

- autofit/center settings in VMWare Workstation

- changing the guest machine properties to a specific max resolution (such as 1280x1024)  instead of the default setting "use host setting for monitors"

- I even tried lowering the screen resolution of my laptop monitor (and yet somehow this didn't change anything in VMware Workstation)

Everything else on my new laptop runs well at this high resolution except the Battle.Net Game client (it's also tiny) but it seems all other applications I use are able to adapt.

Any ideas?

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Try VMware Workstation 12.  It just came out.  It has support for Windows 10.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is this only on installation, or when Linux is installing......

I've found that installers often select a low resolution, generic driver to install software, until they are running an actual video driver matched to the hardware. (this makes the installer compatible with all hardware platforms, if the installer, was designed to run at a resolution of super max, it would not work on 99%  of computers!)

After Linux is installed, did you install VMware Tools, and select the VMware SVGA driver.

What do you want to view in Ultra HD virtually? (performance will be far better physically!)

This post in the VMware Forum highlights your issue with solution:-

see post #10

Try using Windows' 10 magnifier when using VMware, at least until you have been able to install the VMware tools within your guest OS.

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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
I even tried lowering the screen resolution of my laptop monitor...

how low did you set it?  my native monitor resolution is 1920x1080 (half your size)
if you lower it to that resolution, does it help?
Another thing you can try, besides using the magnifier, is to move the slider in the settings of Windows 10 display settings to something more than the recommended 100%, at least until you have installed the VMware tools within the VM. Once they are installed everything should be fine there.
VasAuthor Commented:
Thanks, the other solutions did not help.

Using zoom I was able to see what I was doing and install the Tools.  Now the guest OS loads full screen (but only after I log in).

I'm still having lots of other issues relating to the high resolution of my monitor but I'll post a separate question about that since it's not necessarily about Workstation any more.

Thanks again
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