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VirtualWin is a great virtual desktop manager for Windows, also working nicely on Windows 7. OK, according to this article it is the second best choice, but the best choice of course would be a commercial virtual desktop manager.

I installed it on my Windows 7 machine and I am quiet happy with it. Only pitfall so far had been that it failed to register a few hot keys and especially CTRL+ALT+LEFT and CTRL+ALT+RIGHT, convenient key combinations to switch desktops, didnt work. Those hot keys are actually used by the Intel Graphics Driver to rotate the desktop a ( for me ) quiet useless feature. This is also discussed here in a support forum.

I went into the Intel Graphic Driver settings: Control Panel Display Devices and Printers, then right-click the thinkpad icon and chose Display Settings. Then: Advanced Settings Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel Graphics Properties Basic Mode Options and Support; puh, what a click odyssey. There it is possible to disable Hot Key Functionality of the Graphics Driver.



And off I go with a nicely working VirtualWin, including working hot keys.

Finally let me recommend a few modules you can get from here:

# SwitchDesk, allowing to define a different wall paper for each desktop. After installing the module this can be done by going thru Windows Control Panel –> Display –> Personalization.
# VMPreview, allowing you to get a preview of all virtual desktops and switch by clicking

Those modules can be simply installed by copying the exe file contained in the downloaded zip file to the modules directory of VirtualWin, “C:\Program Files (x86)\VirtuaWin\modules” on my machine.



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