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I am looking for an application with features as follows:-

  • It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor.

  • The taskbar should display only the applications running on that monitor and the start menu should start applications on the same monitor as it resides.

I have tried the following applications without success:

  • Nvidia nview manager,
  • Ultramon,
  • Display Fusion,
  • Multimon Taskbar Pro

Does such an application exist?

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It's worth noting that now (three years later), Windows 8 has built-in support for spanning the taskbar across all monitors. Of course, the start menu is no more, but you can open the start screen on any display. –  nhinkle Nov 5 '12 at 7:12

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Actual Multiple Monitors is the only tool (that I know of) that has two Start Menu buttons.

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Thanks, this is exactly what I wanted. If only the built in support in Windows for multiple monitors and virtual desktops was better! –  Christopher Edwards Oct 22 '09 at 10:55
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Actual Multiple Monitors 3.1 is amazing. Problem is it's 40 bucks after 30 days. That's crazy for a simple program. $20.00US maybe, and that's pushing it. They would sell tons if they lowered the price. Display Fusion and "UltraMon" are descent but I dont believe they do what your looking for. I've been searching since I got my 2nd monitor as well. –  user76391 Apr 13 '11 at 20:34
    
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@nhinkle - That's fair enough. It's a good product - it's a shame the publishers couldn't just accept the recommendation without abusing it. –  CJM Mar 23 '12 at 12:07

I believe that DisplayFusion: Multi-Monitor Taskbar is the only solution for Windows 7 that works at this moment.

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Oh well, if that's true, then since that application does not do it, I will have to wait until an application does support this feature. Maybe I'll put in feature requests. –  Christopher Edwards Sep 18 '09 at 13:23
    
As far as Windows 7 is concerned Ultramon beta has support for the taskbar requirement, but now the start button requirement. –  Greg Buehler Sep 18 '09 at 13:32
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Be aware that the free version of Display Fusion does not support the multiple monitor taskbar. You need to pay for the Pro version for this feature. –  Ashwin Dec 2 '09 at 1:45

While it is not possible to duplicate the Windows Start Menu, as a workaround you can use a 'faked' Start Menu by ways of a new tool bar with UltraMon.

Go to "Toolbars" >"New Toolbar"

In the dialog box point it towards "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\" (without the quotes).

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I found another utility called Multi-Monitor Taskbar which does this. But, it seemed not to work on my Windows 7.

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The newest version of DisplayFusion (version 3.3.1, from May 22nd, 2011) now lets you add Start buttons to taskbars on secondary monitors.

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