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Installation

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Prerequisites

This application only works on Windows 10 x64 (64 bit) systems due to limitations in the library used to control the virtual desktops.
This is not something that can be changed or fixed in any way.

For this app to work, you first might need to install "Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015". It should be available here.

Since version 0.7.0 this app will only work if your system has the "Windows 10 Anniversary" update (or later) installed.

Procedure

Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer does not need to be installed: simply download the latest version and extract it into a folder in your computer.
Once you have downloaded it you can run it just by executing virtual-desktop-enhancer.exe in the folder where you extracted it.

Alternatively you can install AutoHotkey and run the virtual-desktop-enhancer.ahk script file instead.

Autostart

There are two easy ways to have this program automatically start when you login.
Please try the first procedure: if it does not work try the second one.

Procedure 1: Autostart folder

  1. Open the folder where you saved the downloaded files
  2. Right click on the executable or on the script file (depending on which one you want to use) -> "Send to" -> "Desktop (create shortcut)"
  3. On your desktop there should now be a new shortcut for "virtual-desktop-enhancer.exe": right click on it -> "cut"
  4. Open the Start menu; in the search box enter "run" and open the "Run" program which should be the first result
  5. In the box which will pop up enter shell:startup and click "OK"
  6. A folder will open: right click in the folder -> "Paste"
  7. Now if you restart the computer the program should start automatically

Procedure 2: Task scheduler

  1. Open the Start menu and in the search box enter "run": open the "Run" program which should be the first result
  2. In the box which will pop up enter Taskschd.msc and click "OK"
  3. In the menu of window that will open click "Action" -> "Create Basic Task"
  4. Choose a name and a description for the task (e.g. "win10-virtual-desktop-enhancer starter") and press "Next"
  5. Choose "When I log on" and click "Next"
  6. Choose "Start a program" and click "Next"
  7. Click on "Browse", find the folder where you placed the virtual-desktop-enhancer.exe, open it, select the virtual-desktop-enhancer.exe file and click "Open"
  8. Copy the content of the "Program/script" field in the "Open in (optional)" field, then remove everything that comes after the last \ character in that field. For example C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop\win10den.exe would become C:\Users\USERNAME\Desktop\
  9. Verify that all the settings are correct, select "Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click finish" and click "Finish"
  10. In the Properties dialog you can check "Run with highest privileges" in the "General" tab if your account has administrative rights and you want to run the program as administrator
  11. In the "Conditions" tab you probably want to uncheck both "Stop if the computer switches to battery power" and "Start the task only if the computer is on AC power" if you are tunning this on a laptop
  12. In the "Settings" tab you might want to uncheck "Stop the task if it runs longer than..."
  13. You can now close the window: if you restart the computer Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer should start automatically

Request assistance

If you have problems with the installation of Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Enhancer please submit a new issue in the project page as described here.

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