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    Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously...

    Free Personal Windows

    • Discontinued Dead app. 3 years since the last update. Not compatible with current version of Windows. See changelog:
  • VirtuaWin icon


    VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize...

    Open Source Windows

  • WindowsPager icon


    WindowsPager is a desktop-switcher/pager for Windows to manage virtual workspaces/desktops. It will integrate smoothly into the desktop panel.

    Open Source Windows

  • TotalSpaces icon


    TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion An easy to use 2D grid of desktops, inspired by the implementation OS X Snow Leopard. Navigate using the cursor...

    Commercial Mac Spaces

  • Virtual Dimension icon

    Virtual Dimension

    Virtual Dimension is a free, fast, and feature-full virtual desktop manager for Windows platform. The main goal of this open-source project is indeed to enhance the...

    Open Source Windows

  • mDesktop icon


    mDesktop is a lightweight application that allows the user to utilize multiple virtual desktops. Also, mDesktop integrates with Hotcorners. mDesktop currently supports...

  • nView icon


    Effectively manage your desktop with NVIDIA nView. Using NVIDIA nView Desktop Management Software, professionals have maximum flexibility and unprecedented control of a...

    Free Windows

  • Virtuoz icon


    Virtuoz was designed to be a minimal and robust program that allows to have more than one desktop on Windows. It was inspired by Sysinternals Desktops, but uses a...

    Free Windows

  • GiMeSpace Desktop Extender icon

    GiMeSpace Desktop Extender

    GiMeSpace Desktop Extenders are scrolling virtual desktop managers and the only virtual desktop/window managers that give you seamless unlimited desktop space. New since...

    Commercial Windows

  • 360desktop icon


    360desktop is free software that extends Windows as a 360 degree workspace, plus an online environment for creating interative 360 degree wallpaper, with a gallery and a...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued
  • Vista and XP Virtual Desktops icon

    Vista and XP Virtual Desktops

    One of Vistas most talked-about new features is the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). A new set of thumbnail APIs can be used to access thumbnails of open windows. This...

    Open Source Windows

  • goScreen icon


    GoScreen is truly indispensable tool on any Microsoft Windows computer. It creates a number of virtual pages on the monitor screen. When a program is started, it is...

    Commercial Windows

Sysinternals Desktops Comments

Brilliant concept, but not for amateurs

Comment by bawldiggle
about Sysinternals Desktops · Mar 2017

I would recommend reading the developers "blurb" on the download page

By the developer "Mark Russinovich"

Desktops reliance on Windows desktop objects means that it cannot provide some of the functionality of other virtual desktop utilities, however. For example, Windows doesn't provide a way to move a window from one desktop object to another, and because a separate Explorer process must run on each desktop to provide a taskbar and start menu, most tray applications are only visible on the first desktop. Further, there is no way to delete a desktop object, so Desktops does not provide a way to close a desktop, because that would result in orphaned windows and processes. The recommended way to exit Desktops is therefore to logoff.


Bare Bones to say the least

Comment by rmbjr60
about Sysinternals Desktops · Jun 2016

Wow is this a minimal app. It basically does what it says it does, and not an ounce more. Not that I want bells-and-whistles just for the sake of having them. But it would be nice to have, For example, a one-click method to switch desktops (it currently requires one click to bring up a choice of desktops, then a click to select one). Other simple features that this app does not support include: , naming desktops, customize the number of desktops (well, this is supported, but it isn't very mature implementation), auto-assigning certain applications to launch in certain desktops.

For those of us still using Win 7 (and, in the year 2016, there are plenty of enterprises that have not yet allowed win 8 or win 10 on their corporate computers), this app is OK. I prefer Dexpot, but you can certainly use this one to achieve virtual desktops.


Best virtual desktop manager ever for Windows - until Windows 10

about Sysinternals Desktops ·

Everything works great in Windows 7, but in Windows 10 task bar jump lists don't work on alternate desktops.

Windows 10 has integrated support for virtual desktops, so no need for this app.

[Edited by andrijahuzjak, March 25]


It's easy but creates extra instances...

about Sysinternals Desktops ·

It's easy but creates extra instance, like multi explorer.exe, multi ctfmon.exe...and it seems there is no way to close the app.


Simple and straight forwared

about Sysinternals Desktops ·

Simple interface
No extended features
If you want a new desktop, you just select it.
If you want a program running on that desktop, you run it from there.
Zero thinking to use the product.