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Windows 10 Virtual Desktops Are Awesome, But am I Killing System Performance?


Windows 10 Virtual Desktops

I know that other operating systems have had virtual desktops for years, but I'm an avid Windows user, and so I'm ecstatic to see the feature come to Windows. Virtual desktops seem like they will allow me to be more focussed as I work since I can keep my main project on one desktop, and all of my communication on another.

I believe that having email and messenger apps open is a huge distraction when I'm in project mode, and my approach until Windows 10 was to simply close all my communications apps and windows down until I was ready to deal with them. This worked fine, but the problem is that I like to have my windows and Chrome tabs arranged a certain way as I'm in communication mode, and this takes a minute or two to set up and is a minor irritation.

With virtual desktops, I can now dedicate an entire desktop to my communication set up and leave it that way while I'm in my project desktop. Awesome!

The thing is, with 3-4 programs and 3-4 tabs set up in a project desktop and 7-8 Chrome tabs open in the other virtual desktop, I have way more apps and tabs open than I ever would have previously. I haven't noticed a perceivable performance hit, but the idea of having so much up and running at the same time across desktops makes me nervous for some reason.

What has your experience been? How many desktops, apps and tabs to do you have running at any given time? What advice would you give me?

I guess I should mention I'm running an i7 desktop, @3.4 ghz, with 24 Gb Ram on my work computer, and a Dell XPS 13 i5 (non-touch) laptop.

Thanks for any input!