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Metro "Start screen" disappears on dualhead

  1. #11


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  2. #12


    Any news on this?
    I'll try out the solution "Alphanumeric" suggested.
    Not running Windows 8 now, as it wasn't working with my ESI Juli@ Soundcard.
    Now using an M-Audio Delta 44 which should work.
    I'll wait for 8.1 to be released before I'll install Win8 again. Four more days!
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I'm currently running 3 monitors on my main desktop with Windows 8.1 RTM. I have Slacker Radio and the Weather app open in a Metro slit screen on one monitor. Outlook (desktop version) on another and Internet Explorer (desktop version) open on my main monitor. The Metro apps stay on screen as long as I don't shift focus to that screen and open a desktop program on that screen. I can do anything I want on the other two screens without affecting them.
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    You can with most apps open, but you can't with the main screen (with the tiles on it) open, can you?
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    I\m on my laptop at the moment I'll have a look at that next time I'm on my desktop PC and get back to you. I'd say it will likely close after launching a Metro app as they always open on my main screen.
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  6. #16


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    As soon as you launch an app the Metro Start Screen closes/minimizes. Likely because the app opens on the same monitor that the Start Screen is open on. I'm on my desktop PC, 3 monitors. Windows remembers where desktop apps were last opened/placed but not Metro Apps. Outlook (desktop version) always opens on my right side screen which is what I want. IE (desktop version) always opens on my center display. Metro Apps always open on what ever screen I opened the Metro Start Menu on to launch them. They also don't remember their last placement. If I close one and open it again it goes full screen on that monitor, then I have to move it to where I want it. Unless I open it on the screen I want it on that is. Metro multi monitor support is a lot better in 8.1 but still needs work.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    That Metro disappearing when you actually want it to stay is a pain. Metro is so not dual monitor friendly it isn't funny.
    I'm not currently running dual monitors but I do believe you can drag the open Metro screen over to your second display. Clicking the Start thumbnail in the lower left, on that display, should open it there too. After that it should stay there, for that session anyway. If you reboot or shut down it will likely go back to the main display by default. After Christmas I will be back to dual displays on this PC so I'll likely explore this problem some more then.
    Runnin Win8 now. Just wone a fight with Firefox profiles.
    Now, the Metro environment...
    The metro screen opens depending on which screen you click the 'start' 'button'.
    When I open e.g. the weather app and click somewhere on the other screen, the weather app will stay put.
    But here comes the lack of logic.
    I opened the weather app, after that I click the start button on the same screen I opened the weather app on. I see all those pretty active tiles.
    Then I go to my other screen, in this case this forum is on it, click it, and the metro homescreen will go away and the weather (!) screen will appear. THat just makes no sense at all. I click my desktop and my weather (or any app used last) shows up...
    What WERE they thinking?
    I like the metro screen keeping me up to date about news, weather, social feeds, new mail.
    I'd like it to remain on my secondary screen while I surf or do whatever on the main screen...
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    *discard this posting, i failed at reading properly *
    Last edited by stijnkraft; 17 Oct 2013 at 19:18.
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  9. #19


    Guuuuys, great news!
    This problem is solved in Windows 8.1!
    It's still a bid on the dodgy side, but it does work.
    Get the update from the appstore. It won't come to ya through Windows Update
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  10. #20


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by stijnkraft View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    That Metro disappearing when you actually want it to stay is a pain. Metro is so not dual monitor friendly it isn't funny.
    I'm not currently running dual monitors but I do believe you can drag the open Metro screen over to your second display. Clicking the Start thumbnail in the lower left, on that display, should open it there too. After that it should stay there, for that session anyway. If you reboot or shut down it will likely go back to the main display by default. After Christmas I will be back to dual displays on this PC so I'll likely explore this problem some more then.
    Runnin Win8 now. Just wone a fight with Firefox profiles.
    Now, the Metro environment...


    The metro screen opens depending on which screen you click the 'start' 'button'.
    When I open e.g. the weather app and click somewhere on the other screen, the weather app will stay put.
    But here comes the lack of logic.
    I opened the weather app, after that I click the start button on the same screen I opened the weather app on. I see all those pretty active tiles.
    Then I go to my other screen, in this case this forum is on it, click it, and the metro homescreen will go away and the weather (!) screen will appear. THat just makes no sense at all. I click my desktop and my weather (or any app used last) shows up...
    What WERE they thinking?
    I like the metro screen keeping me up to date about news, weather, social feeds, new mail.
    I'd like it to remain on my secondary screen while I surf or do whatever on the main screen...
    I made that post on 18 Nov 2012, that's old news. Read my posts after that. I'm happily running 8.1 on a three monitor setup now.
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