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Windows Blue - How to snap multiple apps to the side?

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    Windows Blue - How to snap multiple apps to the side?


    So I downloaded the leaked Windows Blue... Don't worry, I bought the Win8 upgrade for my main desktop pc, this is just for experimenting on a junky old laptop. Basically I want to check out Blue without having to wait so long.

    One of the main things I was looking forward to in Blue was the multiple app snapping as shown below. I can't seem to get it to work though no matter what I do. Can anyone help?

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    first thing, what is the resolution of your laptop? At 19201080, three apps can be shown side-by-side; at 25601440, this goes up to 4. The flexible split is maintained.

    at 1366x768, it's 2 apps.
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    Screen resolution is 1024x768 (Reccomended), with the drop down box greyed-out.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm not sure you can snap the apps at that resolution. I remember there was a hack to allow it but I think the hack no longer works. is that the true resolution of that laptop? is the Microsoft Basic Display driver being used (which is limited to 1024x768)?
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    It did seem a little small for a 17" laptop screen.
    It seems Microsoft Basic Display driver is indeed being used, according to dxdiag.
    Disabled it, restarted, but it didn't change anything.

    Edit: Snapping does work on this laptop, even with MS Basic Display Driver being used, although at the moment I'm only able to get two to snap.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    try and see if you can change the basic display driver to a driver that's specific for your graphics system. the basic display driver is the modern day VGA driver which is only meant to get your system up and running.
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    Don't know where the old drivers went, but according to the product spec of my old laptop here: Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 1818 laptop reviews, prices and deals - 17" - 2GB of Memory - 160GB Storage - Reevoo

    Graphics Card Model Number: Intel GMA 950
    Chipset Series: Intel 945GM

    I suppose I should try to find those drivers online.
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    Found them, installed them by putting the installer into Vista Compatability Mode, and restarted.
    The screen resolution is now 1440x900 (reccomdended) which is the biggest size, and the dropdown list works for smaller dimensions.
    However I still cannot get more than 2 apps to snap to the side, unfortunatly.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    sorry to hear that.

    there is a third-party app from Stardock called Modern Mix. you might want to see that program's features.
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    Gah! It's a damn shame. I mostly wanted to have 'Messaging' and 'People' snapped side by side whilst I worked in Windows. That way I could keep up with cconversations and social updates on the side without having to flip between the two. I kinda like having them snapped to the side where I can essentially glance one eye accross, whereas with Modern Mix I will be covering them up with the other windows I'm working in, which seems just as cumbersome as having to flip between the two as the only snapped app like I do on Win8 currently.

    I mean my desktop pc which uses a 40" screen will probably be able to snap the two apps once Win8 Blue gets released properly and I buy it if it's sold and not given out for free. But it's a shame this old laptop won't do it. I suspect the Microsoft Surface Pro I'm eyeing up, being about a 10 inch screen won't be able to snap two apps once Win8 Blue releases either.
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