Setting up multiple monitors in Windows XP isn’t a very difficult process. In fact, you may have the proper tools to do a Windows dual monitor setup right now. Because PC’s tend to vary with what inputs they offer, I’ll cover a few different setup scenarios and how to set up multiple monitors in Windows XP with each setup. All of these steps are explained assuming that you already have two monitors available to use.
First, look in the back of your computer. Look where your original monitor is currently plugged in. If there is another DVI or VGA input, simply plug the 2nd monitor into that input. Once both monitors are plugged in, right click on your desktop background. Find the “properties” button and click that. This will bring up your display properties window. Click the settings tab. This should show you a window with two squares with a one and a two inside of them. One should be highlighted with a blue outline. This monitor is the one that’s being used currently. If you don’t see this, your computer may not support Windows dual monitor setup. Call your computer provider for support if needed.
Set it up so it is positioned in relation to your other monitor the same way it shows on your screen. If the blue outlined square is on the left, make sure the current working monitor is on the left as well. Find the drop down menu and select the number monitor that isn’t highlighted. Below the window, there should be a check box that says, “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.” Click identify so Windows XP can identify your 2nd monitor. Then, click on “apply.” Congrats, you have a dual monitor setup!
If you do not have a computer that already has two monitor inputs, you have a couple options. If you are very concerned with the quality of your picture, you can always get a new video card that supports multiple monitors. This tends to be the more expensive route. If you want to save money, there are quite a few adapters available that allow you to plug one of your monitors in using an available usb input.
Once your computer recognizes your new input, you would follow the same directions above as if it was a built-in second connection. Most of these adapters sell for around $70, and they make setting up multiple monitors in Windows XP much easier than having to install an entirely new video card. However, before purchasing an adapter, it would be wise to do some research to make sure that your particular computer can support a Windows dual monitor setup.
Once you have setup your multiple monitors in Windows XP, be sure to enjoy your increased screen size and improved ability to multitask.