I know you can use mstsc /multimon to have multiple monitor support when connecting to a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, but is there a way to have that support when connecting to a Windows XP machine?

We currently moved from physically having our computers to having to remote into them, and I had three monitors, and I'm only using one at the moment. I would really like to be able to use the three monitors and individual monitors again. I know you can use /span and have it work across all three if they're the same height, etc., but that's not what I'm looking for.

Alternatively if multimonitor option truly won't work on a Windows XP machine then is there a way to use /span and still get the multiple monitor functionality? A program that does that or something?

  • I would just point out for anybody reading this that /multimon only works properly on Windows 7 if the machine you're remoting into is running Ultimate or Enterprise; otherwise you're limited to /span functionality. (I don't believe Server 2008 has any limitations depending on SKU.) – Shinrai Dec 14 '10 at 16:02

SplitView is probably the only tool that will be able to help in conjunction with /span. The /multimon switch only works with Win 7/2008 R2.

  • I was checking splitview out before and I'm currently getting a colleague to test it out. Any idea if it works with more then 2 monitors? – Gage Dec 14 '10 at 16:57
  • I've never actually used it, so I can't tell you. My gut says it should support as many monitors as the host system has, but one never knows. I can't seem to find a link to documentation on their site, so you might just have to download the trial and see what happens. – afrazier Dec 14 '10 at 18:14

You can try mstsc /span instead of /multimon. As far as I remember, this is the old option we used back then. Alternatives includes use of AMD display cards and eyefinity options.


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