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Windows 8 on dual monitors


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Westland, MI

I have just hooked up my test laptop at work to my docking station and now have Windows 8 running with dual monitors. I like quite a few things with the way the dual screens work on Windows 8.

The one thing I have issue with right now, might be easy to fix. Say on monitor 1, I want to display the Start screen, and on monitor 2, I want to run the classic desktop. Anytime I launch a desktop app from the second monitor, it switches my primary monitor from the start screen back to the desktop. Or it switches the 1st monitor back to any previously opened and running metro app.

Is there a way to launch a "classic desktop" app, from the 2nd, keep it on the 2nd monitor, but not have it change away from the Metro interface on the first monitor and keep the start screen up?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self-Built in July 2009
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Antec P182
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.