Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/195962/unlock-virtual-desktops-on-windows-7-or-8-with-this-microsoft-tool/
Windows 9 looks like it will finally include virtual desktops, a feature Linux and Mac users have been enjoying for years. But Windows 7 and 8 already have some virtual desktop features — they’re just hidden under the hood.
I've been looking for a basic virtual desktop option and this one seems to be ideal in its simplicity. Unfortunately, it isn't working on my system, so there's simplicity out the window ... now I have to try and figure out why it isn't working or keep looking.
That being said, for anyone not technologically inclined, this appears to be a very easy virtual desktop tool that doesn't include a battery of complicated instructions or settings.
I'm curious how much of my system resources running a virtual desktop will consume. Does anyone have information on this?
Before switching to Linux I used Dexpot on Windows 7. It didn't seem to use a lot of resources, though I never checked too thoroughly. I had it set up with four desktops and was quite responsive, even with programs open and in use on each.
Out of curiosity, what's the use of virtual desktops? Why are people enjoying / using this feature?
I have PVDesktop on my win 7 laptop. It doesn't show up in installed programs so it must be part of something else. Anyone know what? I don't recall it always being there so I would like to find out how to disable it.
yay, fantastic article! I downloaded the tool and go to configure thanks friend.
Way cool! To answer a couple of questions, system explorer (another tool from sysinternals that I consider to be a requirement on any machine) shows minimal use of resources. As to why use virtual desktops, it pretty much boils down to organizing stuff. If you normally don't tend to have lots of stuff going on at once, you might not find them to be very useful although even in that case you can use a new desktop as a pretty quick way to hide what you've been looking at; i.e. a boss key
i still have cubedesktop, it has great graphics like cube, carousel, grid, etc. there's a lot of configurations to customize it. it's not supported any more but still works, then you get tired of it, then just never use it again
I tried this briefly, but it doesn't work with Google Chrome. It opens only 1 window of Chrome to one of those desktops. Can't have more than one. If it would work it would be perfect, alas, it doesn't so this is useless.. Shame.
right now , it is helping me a lot. Lots of lot.
I'm glad to see the Linux and Mac mentions of already having this feature for years. Well done.
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