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Metro "Start screen" disappears on dualhead

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    Metro "Start screen" disappears on dualhead


    Hi guys!

    First question: One of the things I disliked about Windows 8 was how you had to switch between two completely different GUI environments. It felt like they were in the way of eachother.
    So when I installed Windows 8 on my 'main' PC rather than on my test PC, I was happy to notice that on a dualhead setup, the desktop goes neatly on one screen and the metro screen on the other one.
    This way I could keep an eye on the weather, news, social media and such while doing other stuff on my other monitor... So I thought.

    Problem is, when I click on the 'start' icon on the left screen, the metro screen appears. On my right screen, the desktop stays put. That's fine. But whenever I click the desktop or any piece of software running on my right screen, the metro screen disappears and my left screen shows my desktop with taskbar.

    What I'd like is to be able to manually open and close metro on my left screen, instead of it disappearing because I do something different on my right screen.

    Hope you get what I mean, rather tough to explain this one.
    If you don't get it, I'll make a video

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    Anyone? This seemed like a rather logical thing to ask .
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    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    It's like that, very stupid no? As soon as you click on the desktop the start page or a metro apps disappear, someone at Microsoft obviously thing that no one will use Windows 8 on 2 or 3 monitors.

    Of course some peoples will come to explain us that we are wrong and Microsoft can't do wrong. One even told me once that MS should not focus on peoples who have 2 or 3 monitors because we are a minority ....
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    Windows 8


    bump I really want to keep metro up on my secondary monitor
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    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    It's like that, very stupid no?
    Rather!
    It has been given some thought though as it only happens when you have no app open.
    Still don't like it.

    Of course some peoples will come to explain us that we are wrong and Microsoft can't do wrong. One even told me once that MS should not focus on peoples who have 2 or 3 monitors because we are a minority ....
    Ghehe, same minority as the people who like their auto arrange OFF I reckon? .
    Going "They can't go wrong" is too much of an apple mentality for me.
    There's always room for user error though, so I guessed it was mee overlooking something. Turns out it isn't. Bummer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecoh419 View Post
    bump I really want to keep metro up on my secondary monitor
    I wonder if someone sometime will make a bit of software that'll do the trick.
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    Windows 8


    lets hope. My ideal set up would be my 27" main for desktop and a 22" inch touch for metro. I think it would be awesome to know include a monitor as a controller device
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    Another question that might not be worth opening another topic;
    Can you choose the 'default' screen for the metro environment?
    It opens on my 'primary' screen. I don't want it to do so, as that's the screen I do al my 'windows business' on.
    I like my metro screen and apps to be on my secondary screen so I can leave them open while working (news, weather, Social feeds etc.)
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by ecoh419 View Post
    bump I really want to keep metro up on my secondary monitor
    do like me, run the metro apps on the second monitor in another Windows 8 Install in VM ( what a fail, we need 2 licenses and VM to make it work like it should be )
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    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.
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