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How To Fix Scaling Problem for High DPI PC Running Kali Linux

Posted by robkraft on March 11, 2020

I couldn’t find any posts on the web telling me the best way to fix this problem so I am sharing my solution here.

The problem I experienced is that I downloaded Kali Linux to run in VMPlayer on my High DPI Windows 10 machine but the guest font and screen is too small and hard to read to be really usable.  VMPlayer doesn’t have any settings to fix this, but you can change the VMPlayer.exe settings in the Windows host OS to fix it.

Find your VMPlayer.exe, probably in a folder like C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Player.  Right-click on it, select Properties, Compatibility Settings.  Then click on the “Change high DPI settings”.

I checked the checkbox labeled “Use this setting to fix scaling problems for this program instead of the one in Settings”.

I also checked “Override high DPI Scaling behavior.  Scaling performed by System”.

When I restarted VMPlayer and opened Kali Linux, the UI was much more functional and usable, once I opened it full screen.

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