Retina Display and Windows 10

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by eddjedi, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. eddjedi macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    Due to work I need to run Windows as my main OS while in the office. As a long term Mac user I have finally convinced them to buy me a Mac to run Windows on, but the display is driving me crazy.

    I have a 2015 13" Retina Macbook Pro, running Windows 10 natively with Bootcamp (not parallels etc.) I have this hooked up to an external 22" monitor via HDMI, as the 13" display is too small to develop on.

    The problem is I cannot get the Mac's retina display and the monitor's standard display to co-operate. I either get blurry apps on the Retina display, or scaling issues on the non-retina display (eg massive buttons or text.)

    I know Windows is a bit of a joke, but SURELY in 2016 it must support high DPI monitors? I'd love to blame this on some obscure app I'm using, but all I need to work is Chrome, RDP, and Office 365. But none of these apps play ball. Chrome looks blurry on the larger display, RDP opens up remote connections at Retina resolution (eg far too small to see what's going on) and as above Office is pixelated on the retina display.

    Any advice on how I can sort this out? I've installed all Windows updates and tried updating Bootcamp, but I apparently already have the latest Bootcamp drivers. Can anybody recommend a decent third party display settings app? I'm close to going back to my old Lenovo notebook, which I REALLY don't want to do as it weights about 5 times as much. But at least that looked OK while I was working on it.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 4, 2016 ---
    Here's a couple of examples - Notepad++ with tiny tabs, and Photoshop with massive UI. Forgot to mention above, I have obviously tried changing the display scaling settings to 100%/200% on each monitor, makes no difference even after logging out.

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  2. Fancuku macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2015
    PA, USA
    What resolution are you outputting on the external monitor? And what And what is the size of text, apps, and other items set at? If your monitor is 1920x1080p I would set the size to 100%.
  3. eddjedi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    It's a 1680x1050 monitor, and yes all settings are correct (scaling 100% on the external monitor, 200% on the retina display.) It basically seems like Windows can't handle two different scaling settings simultaneously. In OS X when I drag anything from my retina screen to my non-retina screen, it's seamless. I hate to be an Apple fan boy but how can Micorsoft not manage something so simple 5 years after high DPI displays have been around? Most people I know have a similar setup, it's not unusual to have two different DPI screens.
  4. eddjedi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    So yesterday Notepad++ had tiny tabs, today it has massive tabs. windows 10 has a mind of its own.


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