Getting a Windows 10 VirtualBox VM to fully utilize the Retina display’s resolution on a macOS host

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I am running Windows 10 in VirtualBox on my Retina display MacBook Pro.

The maximum resolution I can set in the guest OS is 1920 x 1440, but I would like to take advantage of the Retina display’s 2560×1400 display.

I have been scouring the internet to no avail, how do I do this?


As of VirtualBox v6 the settings have changed. You can now use the new screen scaling functionality.

For the selected machine: Settings -> Display -> Screen -> Scale Factor, and use the slider/text field to set the desired screen scaling percentage.

In the VirtualBox Manager, navigate to the desired machines settings > Display > HiDPI Support.

Check Use Unscaled HiDPI Output.

In the virtual machine, select your desired resolution.

Make sure you have the Oracle VM Guest Additions installed. Once I installed the latest according to the version of the VirtualBox I installed on my host OS everything worked like a charm.

On your Windows 10 Virtual Machine, at the lower right-corner of the screen you’ll see a ^. Click on it, and you’ll see the VirtualBox Icon Running. If you see that but you still can get full resolution changes are you have the incorrect version installed.

Open up Windows File Explorer, click on the CD Drive containing the Virtual Machine Addons and install it.

Alternatively you can also hover your mouse towards the top of the screen to expose the VirtualMachine Menu, Select Devices and select Insert Guest Additions CD Image.

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