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18 Nov 2020

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Michael Zomparelli


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This is not the latest version of zVirtualDesktop available.

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Downloads of v



Software Author(s):

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This is not the latest version of zVirtualDesktop available.

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This Package Contains an Exempted Check

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Exemption:

The code you have submitted is successfully causing chocolatey to fail to install the application because of the testing version OS not being windows 10 1803 or greater.

I agree that the package cannot be tested using the chocolatey testing environment and I will add the exception.


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files


To install zVirtualDesktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade zVirtualDesktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall zVirtualDesktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade zvirtualdesktop -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade zvirtualdesktop -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure zvirtualdesktop installed
    name: zvirtualdesktop
    state: present
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'zvirtualdesktop' do
  action    :install
  version  ''
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: zvirtualdesktop,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller zvirtualdesktop
   Name     = 'zvirtualdesktop'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = ''
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'zvirtualdesktop':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install zvirtualdesktop version="" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

This package was approved as a trusted package on 18 Nov 2020.


This is commercial software. All users will be given a 10 day trial and you will need to purchase a license to continuing using when the trial expires.



Hotkeys are not limited to virtual desktops. You can choose any hotkey for any of the following actions

  • Disable Default (if you wanted to disable a built-in Windows default and do nothing instead)
  • Keyboard Application Menu
  • Toggle Auto-hide Taskbar
  • Open a file, folder, or URL
  • Copy
  • Paste
  • Toggle Desktop View (a Task View replacement)
  • Toggle zVirtualDesktop Settings
  • Show Window Menu (a handy window context menu)
  • Navigate to Desktop
  • Move Window to Desktop
  • Move Window to Desktop & Follow
  • Pin/Unpin Window
  • Pin/Unpin Application
  • Bring All Windows Here
  • Remove Empty Desktops
  • Close Foreground Window
  • Minimize Foreground Window
  • Toggle Foreground Window Top Most
  • Multimedia - Play/Pause
  • Multimedia - Next
  • Multimedia - Previous
  • Volume Up
  • Volume Down
  • Volume Mute
  • Browser Back
  • Browser Forward
  • Browser Reload
  • ClipboardEx Copy
  • ClipboardEx Paste
  • ClipboardEx Clone
  • Send Keystroke
  • Send Text Entry

Below are the default hotkeys for virtual desktops. You can configure these any way you'd like.

Navigate Desktops:
WIN+CTRL+LEFT or RIGHT - this is Windows Default and can be overridden to allow "Round Robin"

Move Windows:
The foreground window will be the window which moves

Move Window & Follow:
The foreground window will be the window which moves

Pin/Unpin Windows:
The foreground window will be the window which is pinned

Pin/Unpin Applications:
The foreground window will be the window which is pinned

What is the difference between pin app and pin window?
An easy way to imagine this is if you use pin window on a chrome browser window,
only that window will be visible on all desktops. Any other chrome windows would
stay on a single desktop. If you were to pin application on a chrome window then
all chrome windows would show up on all desktops. This includes new chrome windows.

System Tray Icon

  • Choose from several sets of icons
  • The icons indicate which desktop you are viewing
  • Left-Click the system tray icon to display or hide DesktopView.
  • Right-Click the system tray icon to bring up the main menu.


Make your own icons and attach them to an issue then they will add to the program.
How to submit icon files

Download the current icons and alter ones you like.


  • Set a different wallpaper for each desktop
  • Specify the style for each (Center, Stretch, or Tile)

Desktop Names

  • Rename desktops directly in DesktopView or in the settings window


$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
$toolsDir = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
  unzipLocation = "$toolsDir"
  fileType      = 'exe'
  file          = "$toolsDir\zVirtualDesktop.exe"

  url           = ''
  checksum      = '9B04797710882F7E934C84FFADD7FC61FA5BB6C30864B226E63D87223AE4D464'
  checksumType  = 'sha256'

if ((Get-Item "HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion").GetValue('ReleaseID') -lt "1803") {
  Write-Error "This version of zVirtualDesktop runs only with Windows 10 version 1803 or greater"
} else {
  Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
  Start-Process -FilePath $packageArgs["file"]
$ErrorActionPreference = 'SilentlyContinue';

# Stop zVirtualDesktop
$process = Get-Process zVirtualDesktop
if ($process) { $process | Stop-Process }

# Remove zVirtualDesktop
Remove-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" -Name "zVirtualDesktop"
Remove-Item $Env:AppData\zVirtualDesktop -Recurse

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
zVirtualDesktop 62 Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 31 Thursday, December 3, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 27 Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 145 Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 62 Saturday, June 13, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 53 Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 55 Monday, May 25, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 115 Thursday, April 2, 2020 Approved
zVirtualDesktop 141 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Approved

This package has no dependencies.

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