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Vista and XP Virtual Desktops Alternatives

Vista and XP Virtual Desktops is described as '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 virtual desktop program takes advantage of this new API and uses some tricks of its own to provide a powerful' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to Vista and XP Virtual Desktops for Windows, Linux, PortableApps.com, Spaces and Mac. The best alternative is Dexpot. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try VirtuaWin or WindowsPager. Other great apps like Vista and XP Virtual Desktops are Sysinternals Desktops, Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer, TotalSpaces and mDesktop.

Vista and XP Virtual Desktops alternatives are mainly Disk Imaging Tools but may also be Virtualization Tools or Window Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Vista and XP Virtual Desktops.
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One of Vistas most talked-about new features is the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). A new set of thumbnail APIs can be used...

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    Dexpot

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows
    28 alternatives to Dexpot 

    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 opened windows on Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista (incl. x64).

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    Discontinued

    Dead app. 3 years since the last update. Not compatible with current version of Windows. See changelog: http://www.dexpot.de/?id=changelog

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  2. VirtuaWin icon

    VirtuaWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    25 alternatives to VirtuaWin 

    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 applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’).

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    1.  PortableVirtuaWin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      VirtuaWin - Multiple Virtual Desktops
      Main Setup Dialog


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      WindowsPager

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      13 alternatives to WindowsPager 

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

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      Discontinued

      Hasn't been updated since 2011, see changelog:http://windowspager.sourceforge.net/changelog.html

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    • Sysinternals Desktops icon

      Sysinternals Desktops

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      15 alternatives to Sysinternals Desktops 

      Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using.

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      Discontinued

      last version released: 2012

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    • Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer icon

      Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      10 alternatives to Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer 

      An AutoHotkey script to switch and move programs between Windows 10 Virtual Desktops and set different wallpapers. Light, lightning fast, free, and with AHK you can use almost any key/mouse combos (even override Windows shortcuts).

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      TotalSpaces

      • Mac
      • Spaces
      18 alternatives to TotalSpaces 

      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 keys, choose your transitions, and quickly access a birds eye view of your grid of spaces where you can manage your a.

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    • mDesktop icon

      mDesktop

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      13 alternatives to mDesktop 

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

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      Tray Options
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      zVirtualDesktop

      • Windows
      13 alternatives to zVirtualDesktop 

      A virtual desktop manager - "Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Hotkeys and System Tray Icon".

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      1.  PortablezVirtualDesktop can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      Desktop View allows you to see what's on all desktops and drag and drop window thumbnails
      The settings form is where you configure the app. This shot shows wallpapers and desktop naming.
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      Virtuoz

      • Windows
      23 alternatives to Virtuoz 

      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 different approach, which doesn’t impose the limitations which Desktops is bound to.

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      1.  PortableVirtuoz can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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      Quest KACE

      • Linux
      18 alternatives to Quest KACE 

      Replace your manual processes, non-integrated point solutions, or overly complex software suite with the industry’s most comprehensive endpoint systems management solution and give your IT team more time to innovate.

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