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I have seen in some schools and cyber cafes, multiple monitors, keyboards and mice connected with a single CPU and act independent of each other. I have a good performance PC having Windows 8 Pro OS. I want to make a similar system. What are the extra hardware or software required to do this? Thank you.

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Probably just the hardware. For example for monitor, you should be able to plug in an external monitor and configure it (Clone / Extended Desktop etc) with something like Graphics Options (right click on the Desktop), Output to. For keyboard/mouse perhaps even easier, though why one would want that for more than one mouse is not obvious (what do you expect to happen if one moves up and the other down?)

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I think what he wants is a single computer which acts like multiple machines, so both monitors would display e.g. different user accounts which could be controlled via the 2 mouses / keyboards – stex Jan 13 '13 at 16:11
@stex Many thanks. That makes a lot more sense (so I don't want to destroy your clarification by deleting my attempt an an answer). As an aside, Q starts "I have seen" so not sure about Mark's A "It is not possible." Dare you add the [server] tag (then I would delete!)? – pnuts Jan 13 '13 at 16:27

It is not possible.

I have seen internet cafes use 'slim client' where they have very small computers that connect to a server. The server runs 'virtual machines'. The input from the small computers is sent to the virtual machine on the server and the video/audio is sent back to the small computer. Unfortunately this is of no help to you.

I think you will need to buy another machine.

Having said that.. I just read an article about turning a Raspberry Pi into a thin client. could do it. But realistically another machine is more feasible.

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