I have just started playing with virtual desktops. They do everyting I want, except

  1. I would like them persistent across reboots.
  2. And I would like to have startup apps pinned to particular desktops.

Is there any software that will do this ? I don't mind paying.


I'd recomment VirtuaWin for this, which I'm using myself for years whenever I'm forced to work on a Windows machine (grin). VirtuaWin …

  • supports Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10
  • can pin applications to desktops (see first screenshot below)
  • runs stable and reliable (I've used it with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and no issues)
  • is even available as "portable app" (not requiring installation, usable in "user mode" without admin privileges)
  • lets you send applications from one desktop to another, have them on a single or on all desktops
  • has no problems using multiple monitors (I use it succesfully with two and expanded desktop)
  • lets you use keyboard or mouse to switch desktops, define other hotkeys as well
  • gives you no need to mind paying, it's GPL ()

Window Rules Settings
VirtuaWin screenshots (source: VirtuaWin; click images for larger variants)

Desktop indicator
Desktop indicator

  • Just trying it now, looks great. Feb 2 '16 at 21:48
  • Feels great, too :) Enjoy – and when satisfied, please accept the answer :)
    – Izzy
    Feb 2 '16 at 22:00
  • There's a module for Virtua Win called VWDesktopIcons that will let you show icons on your choice of VDesktops.
    – TecBrat
    Apr 3 '16 at 23:47
  • @TecBrat there are many modules for VirtuaWin. I'm just not sure if they all still work, or which are still maintained – and for some, if they even still exist (those linked to GoogleCode seem to have disappeared, not sure where to).
    – Izzy
    Apr 3 '16 at 23:55
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    I just upgraded to w10 and my the module still works.
    – TecBrat
    Apr 4 '16 at 0:46

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