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Windows 7: Virtual Desktops


22 Mar 2011   #1

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Virtual Desktops

Does anyone know of any reliable virtual desktops that are free?

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22 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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22 Mar 2011   #3

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I have tried most of them, there are only two I would recommend;

WindowsPager

<http://windowspager.sourceforge.net/>

VirtuaWin - Virtual Desktops for Windows

<http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/>

Of the two, I prefer windowspager, it runs extremely well and is very stable on my 7 #64 Ultimate. I also like the ability to move stuff easily from desktop to desktop, and that the desktops are displayed on icons in the taskbar for easy switching etc.

Virtuawin can do a lot more, but I had a few issues with it.

With regard to Dexpot, I had nothing but trouble and problems with it. It is also very complex.

As ever, your mileage may vary.

Regards....Mike Connor
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22 Mar 2011   #4

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I've not tried it but this one from SysInternals is semi-official.

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22 Mar 2011   #5

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
I've not tried it but this one from SysInternals is semi-official.

Desktops
Works OK, but has severe limitations, making it only marginally useful;

QUOTE from site;

Desktops reliance on Windows desktop objects means that it cannot provide some of the functionality of other virtual desktop utilities, however. For example, Windows doesn't provide a way to move a window from one desktop object to another, and because a separate Explorer process must run on each desktop to provide a taskbar and start menu, most tray applications are only visible on the first desktop. Further, there is no way to delete a desktop object, so Desktops does not provide a way to close a desktop, because that would result in orphaned windows and processes. The recommended way to exit Desktops is therefore to logoff.

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Regards....Mike Connor
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22 Mar 2011   #6

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Thanks for the update. As I said I've not tried it so wasn't aware of these serious limitations.
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