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Windows 7: Is there anyway I can set up an extra Monitor as a virtual machine?


07 Feb 2013   #1

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Is there anyway I can set up an extra Monitor as a virtual machine?

Hey guys, I just had a quick question on the possibility of setting up a kind of like virtual machine for an additional monitor in my room. You see, I am Renovating my room, and in the process, I am going to be building a custom queen sized bunk bed And on the top bunk, we are putting a 32" LED, and i was wondering if there was anyway to set up that screen as a virtual machine, with its own keyboard and mouse. I have a Logitech G19 and gaming mouse that I primarily Use, but i have an extra wireless Logitech keyboard, that i use for typing essays and such. So basically i want to be able to use the wireless keyboard on the top bunk, so that, lets say, if im playing games on my main screen, someone else can be watching movies or surfing the web on the bunk bed screen. Any Ideas? I know that i can extend the desktop, and just drag over a movie to the other screen, something along those lines, but in that case they wouldn't have their own mouse, it would be dependent on mine.
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07 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

You need a second computer to do that.
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07 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Hello kreativedesines Welcome to the Seven Forums!

I think you will find you would need to build an extra case to work with the cordless keyboard and mouse setup there in order to be independent. With two keyboard and two mice one set wireless both will still be working with the same program on the same desktop and conflict when two users were both on at the same time. Even when having a VM open on one screen the clash of controllers would be evident unless you can isolate the access of each keyboard and mouse by how things are configured.

That's where one option is available to see two separate sets of cotrollers used by two people on two separate OSs calls up the need for VMWare. This requires configuring the Guest OS to use one keyboard and one mouse while the Host OS has control over the main OS with the other keyboard and mouse. An older Vista reference found at Tom's Hardware provides some insight on this type of setup. Two Users on One Computer: TUTORIAL! [Simplified]

There are a few other similar guides to find on other sites as well. Another program called Userful Multiseat that allows upto 20 users on one pc but sees a network set up as part of the process rather then running a VM for a guest OS install.

You wouldn't be the first to ask about how this is done however. You may want to look over another thread on a similar idea seen at Multiple simultaneous users on one Windows computer?
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07 Feb 2013   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Small businesses do this all the time, in a way. They might have one PC (server) and some others (work stations), but all use the server at once. you may try a post in our networking section to see if someone has a solution.
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07 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

If you're trying to do it with a single computer, that would require making the main OS acknowledge the other screen, which will cause complications when gaming.

Generally it would be easier to buy a second computer. I could put together some ideas that you could use.
What requirements do you need? when you say "watching movies" does that mean DVDs and Blurays?
Does the monitor use vga?
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07 Feb 2013   #6

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8.1.1 (64-bit)
 
 

Look into an Android based mini-PC that is not much bigger than a USB thumb drive that plugs into a an HDMI port on a TV and gives you a working PC. Add a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and you're good to go. It will also double as an HTPC to play movies and stuff thru the TV.

Here's an example: Amazon.com: Android 4.0 Mini PC: Computers & Accessories
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07 Feb 2013   #7
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Raspberry Pi too maybe. Amazon.com: Raspberry Pi: Electronics
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07 Feb 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

It depends what type of games as well as the OS you are planning to run them on. Android and other portables wouldn't be running Guild Wars or some other 1st person shooter that requires a good video card and some memory. For simply browsing the web and checking the main you wouldn't need to worry too much for a fast check of your inbox on the other hand.

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if im playing games on my main screen, someone else can be watching movies or surfing the web on the bunk bed screen.
That kind of sums up the lack of need for anything demanding as far as basic viewing while lying around on the bunk bed. A micro atx mini tower with the basics can still provide enough to watch flicks and tend to some surfer without issues. The links posted earlier however tend to outline what you would need for a one pc setup supporting multiple users.
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08 Feb 2013   #9

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8.1.1 (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
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if im playing games on my main screen, someone else can be watching movies or surfing the web on the bunk bed screen.
That kind of sums up the lack of need for anything demanding as far as basic viewing while lying around on the bunk bed. A micro atx mini tower with the basics can still provide enough to watch flicks and tend to some surfer without issues. ...
For the stated uses of watching movies or surfing the web a micro atx mini tower would be much more expensive (and overkill) than something like the Android device I suggested. I could see going that route if the OP wanted the 2nd user to be able to play games while he played games on his main computer but that isn't what he asked about.

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The Raspberry Pi would also work. I have both a Raspberry Pi and an Android mini-PC and like the mini-PC much better. IMO, the Raspberry Pi is too slow to do anything really useful except be a learning device for school kids (what it was designed for). I have one of the earlier ones with only 256M of RAM while the newer ones have 512M of RAM so it's possible the newer ones have better performance.
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08 Feb 2013   #10

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
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if im playing games on my main screen, someone else can be watching movies or surfing the web on the bunk bed screen.
That kind of sums up the lack of need for anything demanding as far as basic viewing while lying around on the bunk bed. A micro atx mini tower with the basics can still provide enough to watch flicks and tend to some surfer without issues. ...
For the stated uses of watching movies or surfing the web a micro atx mini tower would be much more expensive (and overkill) than something like the Android device I suggested. I could see going that route if the OP wanted the 2nd user to be able to play games while he played games on his main computer but that isn't what he asked about.
I think they primary thing is if he needs DVD/bluray playback or not. That would make the biggest difference in systems he can use.
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