Sysinternals Desktops

Sysinternals Desktops

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 10 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.02
  • Total Downloads:
    8,599
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 29, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    60.16KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Platform:
    Windows

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Editors' Review

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Desktops from Microsoft Sysinternals is a free tool that lets you create and organize up to four virtual desktops on one Windows system. Using it, you can arrange your applications, documents, and tools in specialized desktops for work, leisure, gaming, and so on. You can instantly toggle between desktops using programmable hot keys or a System Tray icon. Most desktop multipliers show active windows and hide the rest, but Desktops uses separate objects for each desktop, so they're truly customized and personalized. Desktops is portable and works in all versions of Windows from 98 to 7, including server editions.

When you first set up Desktops, you must specify the hot key modifier keys (Alt, Ctrl, Shift, or Windows) and choose either numbers or function keys to specify commands. We liked the number of choices and combinations because it made it easy to set up Desktops without having to change previously configured hot keys already associated with other programs. Desktops also remembers each application's unique association with that desktop, so you need to remember to configure programs you plan to use each time you set up a desktop. You can choose to have Desktops run at log-on or to activate it at need, too. We right-clicked the program icon in the System Tray, clicked Select Desktop, and small pop-up window appeared, divided into four sections with our current desktop displayed in one and the other three blank except for messages stating Press to Create Desktop 2 and so on. We clicked the second desktop image, and a new copy of our familiar desktop appeared, ready for customization. The program saved our new desktop automatically, just like Windows does, and we were able to leave it and return to it with a few clicks. It's easy to make changes to saved desktops, too: just open one and make the change.

Desktops lets you create genuine customized Windows desktops for highly specific uses and toggle between them at will. Few organizational tools we've tried can match that capability.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"Works Ok I Guess"

November 04, 2011  |  By mikey1975777

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

Does what it says

Cons

no configuration available at all

Summary

I thought it was strange that I was unable to configure this program in any way. There is also no way to exit the program without logging off the system or killing the process (if you can find it--I couldn't, even with ProcessExplore).

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2 stars

"Seems to work fine at first"

September 18, 2011  |  By chrisjw37

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

Win 7, it works - at first

Cons

-Doesn't allow different wallpapers or icons.
-Cannot run a browser twice.

- All Drivers deleted after a cold re-boot claimed the drivers had....uninstalled (!)

- Mega issue: After re-start USB card had to be re-installed
- Firefox incompatible.

Summary

It doesn't really work.

Needed to remove from display confidential information in a public setting by changing the displayed screen.

Advised all staff to use CONTROL + M instead, the nosy can still find the info - a desktop change would be brilliant - if the damn thing actually worked.
It is not worth the hassle.

AVOID.

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2 stars

"Toggles back to Desktop 1"

June 25, 2011  |  By currter

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

It is free and one is able to organize processes in different desktops.

Cons

For some reason the Desktop goes back to Desktop 1 after going to one of the other Desktops. It is annoying and seems to be a bug. There was a problem running Firefox and Netscape browsers in different desktops

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2 stars

"Doesn't work with Kensington Trackball"

January 22, 2011  |  By DrDongle

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

Slick, easy to install

Cons

Too limited for me.

Summary

My Kensington Expert Mouse Trackball only works in Desktop 1. In the others, none of the buttons work. I suspect this is Kensington's fault, not Sysinternals. They have great hardware, but sucky software.
Win7 Pro64 on Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

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3 stars

"Great if you use IE but not if you use Firefox"

December 15, 2010  |  By rogersbilly

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

allows you to have different programs open in different desktops which is very nice.

Cons

I can only open firefox in one desktop which is really frustrating. I can ope IE in mutiple desktops but I prefer to use firefox.

Summary

If you prefer IE to firefox then this is great. If you prefer firefox then it's not so great.

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4 stars

"Reliable, not so sexy"

November 14, 2010  |  By nopphdol

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

Not crashing, computer can sleep and wake up properly.

Cons

Cannot invoke a program from different desktop (excep Explorer). Must remember each set of applications in different desktops.

Summary

Reliable, work as promised, light weight.

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5 stars

"Good Software"

November 05, 2010  |  By timberwolf76275

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

very easy to use and setup switching between desktops very simple and adjustable

Cons

none found

Summary

for people that need multiple desktops a good small piece of software

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3 stars

"Really fast, but often buggy in Vista and Windows 7"

August 28, 2010  |  By fep_coder

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

Desktops is faster than any other WIndows virtual desktop manager that I've tried. It's fast like all of the X-Windows virtual desktop managers that have been around for decades.

Cons

It seems to have problems with at least some Nvidia drivers. Because of deficiencies in the MS Windows API, it has limited capability compared to others.

Summary

Super fast if it works for your setup.

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4 stars

"Reasonable program"

February 20, 2010  |  By TikkiRo

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

It's FREE! Best bit about it but it does do the job okay, though not as well as the free one that works with XP (Virtual Desktop). You can certainly have up to 4 desktops and run different programs on each which is primarily the whole point.

Cons

It doesn't allow for different backgrounds on each desktop, so it can leave you a bit confused at times as to which one you have a particular program on. Not many options. Doesn't cope well when the background changes automatically on the main one.

Summary

Overall, it's better than nothing and being free I suppose you can't really complain heavily. But it is somewhat frustrating with so few options provided. And if you are using all 4 and switch from 2 to 3 for e.g., it will change the background on 3 to the same as 2. When the primary background changes automatically (if you're running Themes etc) the image doesn't fully change on the other 3 until you maximise or minimise a program or undertake some other task that has an action on the desktop itself (if that makes sense).

If it could sort out these problems I'd be more than happy to give it a 5.

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5 stars

"Nice little program!"

January 30, 2010  |  By vshankaa

 |  Version: Sysinternals Desktops 1.02

Pros

Nice little program!

Cons

Nice little program! None so far..

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date January 19, 2010
Date Added January 29, 2010
Version 1.02
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Virtual Desktop Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 60.16KB
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 8,599
Downloads Last Week 1
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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