Automatic optimization for external display in Windows virtual machine

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Question

After Windows virtual machine start I've got a notification that Windows was optimized for external displays, what does it mean? 

Information

Parallels Desktop 15 brings a brand new feature which automatically detects the external display(s) connected to a Mac with Retina display and switches your graphics configuration from Best for Retina to Best for external displays mode.

The optimization takes place because of a difference between the computer's built-in Retina display and the external display's resolution to provide the most optimal settings for each user's setup.

As a result, with Best for external displays option you get a sharp picture, crisp fonts and better performance.

Note: Automatic optimization for external displays is not available in Coherence view mode.

The feature manifests according to the chosen view mode, please see the tab below:

Aspect Best for Retina Best for external displays
 Custom scaling size in Windows Fixed 200%  Scaling is managed by Windows
 Scaling in small window with Windowed mode Fixed 200%, text size is convenient 100%, text size is too small
 Picture quality in Full screen on the external display Blurry Sharp
 Memory usage and performance in Full Screen High memory usage Average memory usage and better performance
Windows resolution on non-Retina display x2 higher resolution (downscaling) True monitor resolution

 

Important: it is required to sign out and sign in to your Windows profile to apply changes and make the feature work correctly.

For more information about other video modes comparison in Parallels Desktop please see KB 124744.

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