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Do you know of a good software that enables you to have multiple desktops on windows 7/8? Some requirements include:

  • Very user friendly
  • Easy to switch between desktops
  • Persistent settings (everything should be the same after you shutdown/reboot)
  • The ability to have different wallpapers and different apps running on each desktop
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you mean like what Linux does? –  WalterJ89 Feb 26 '12 at 12:06
    
FWIW I've personally used about half of the suggested software in Synetech's post in the past. I always end up hitting a problem at some point. Multiple monitors with winsplit-revolution.com is the only long term solution I've found. –  Richard Feb 28 '12 at 7:13
    
@Richard, WinSplit does not seem to be a virtual-desktop app; it is a window-management app (and Flavius wasn't asking about multiple-monitor, rather multiple desktops). –  Synetech Jun 28 '12 at 16:19

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There are plenty of virtual-desktop programs.


Personally, I like the Microsoft Virtual Desktop Manager best because it:

  • Puts a little toolband in the taskbar, making it incredibly easy to use
  • Hotkey support includes the Win key (unlike a lot of programs)
  • Is very low profile (you can configure it to show either four buttons or just one)
  • Can be configured to not show animations (which while nifty feels snappier without)
  • Supports separate wallpapers for each desktop
  • Has an overview mode to see everything at a glance
  • Doesn’t require running a new shell for each desktop
  • It’s a shell-extension, so it integrates as part of Explorer, not a separately running program
  • Its performance is top-notch and switches are instantaneous
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have you used Dexpot ? is it good on the long run ? Im having some trouble with it –  Flavius Frantz Feb 27 '12 at 0:50
    
I used it a while back when it was still new. It was easy to use but had some great, advanced features that other virtual desktop programs of the time did not. What problems are you having with it? –  Synetech Feb 27 '12 at 1:00
    
one problem was that it crashes when I try to set different wallpaper to each desktop, it doesn't happen if I dont set an image but just color, its uses less memory this way aniway... another problem was that it didn't remembered how I set the icons, but I think it was because my laptop crashed twice, so maybe the software didn't had the chance to save the settings another problem was when I got to work and pluged in an external display to my laptop, everything got messed up again... so.. any suggestions, solutions are welcome –  Flavius Frantz Feb 27 '12 at 8:56
    
I can’t confirm if it works in Windows 7 just this moment (I’m in XP right now), but I’m fairly sure I have used it in 7 without issue. –  Synetech Feb 28 '12 at 2:58
    
According to this article - techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/… - SysInternals Desktops is "more efficient .. resource management" and newer. The current release was published Oct 17th, 2012. –  Jedidja Oct 27 '12 at 18:31

1 year ago I enjoyed the program "Virtuawin" (opensource) http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/

Portable version by portableapps: http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/virtuawin_portable

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Microsoft recently made a multiple desktop app for Windows 7: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881

Although it doesn't say specifically, it looks like the spiritual successor to the Virtual Desktop Monitor that Synetech posted in his answer.

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