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Desktop Restore Tool For Three Monitors On Windows

Posted on 2015-02-03
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
VMware Workstation 10.0.2
Three Monitor Configuration

Each time I run the workstation, I configure the VM to display across three monitors. When I run certain programs, such as Photoshop, the configuration resets to only one monitor. All the running application windows get displayed in the one monitor. After I configure the VM back to three monitors, I must move the applications, one-by-one, to their previous locations across the monitors.

Is there a very simple desktop restoration tool that can perform this one task for me (restore the window locations)? Or, is there a way to save the desktop configuration settings and restore them myself in the registry or other system file?
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by:Davis McCarn
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MonitorSwitcher is one option: http://sourceforge.net/projects/monitorswitcher/
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by:WizeOwl
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I tried Monitor Switcher v4.0, and it does not seem to work.

I renamed the file to switch.exe for convenience, then ran the command line options as follows:

First, in a 3-monitor configuration, I ran the "save" command -
F:\switch>switch -save:file1.csv

Then, I changed to one monitor to bring all windows to the one monitor.

Then, I changed back to the 3-monitor configuration and ran the "load" command -
F:\switch>switch -load:file1.csv

No error messages were displayed; however, the windows all remained in the one monitor.
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by:Davis McCarn
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Before we move to stuff you have to buy, try the free version of this: http://www.mediachance.com/free/multimon.htm
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by:WizeOwl
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Tried installing Multimon but received two errors.

1. C:\Program Files (x86)\MMTaskbar\shellhook.dll << Access Denied
2. Your system has no multiple-monitor support.
(I'm running this in a VMware virtual machine running Windows 7)

See Attached Screenshots.
Multi-Mon-Install-Error1.jpgMulti-Mon-Install-Error2.jpg
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Davis McCarn earned 100 total points
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1) You need to do it when all the monitors are working.
2) I'll bet it needs the software on the host.
3) Using a VM is a whole different ball of wax!
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by:WizeOwl
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There were several heavier duty programs that were too bulky so I uninstalled them. I'll have to look them up again.

These may be ok:
Active Virtual Desktop
Chimera
WiseDesktop

Haven't tried:
VSM
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by:WizeOwl
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None of the suggestions worked. My comment includes several others that I need to try.
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