Windows – Need Instructions On Configuring Dual Monitors For Windows 8

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Just put Windows 8 on my machine, but now I can't use my 2nd monitor. I'm still brand new to windows 8, not sure what I clicked, but somehow found windows help and support, with this entry…

Connect multiple monitors to your PC


Later down in that list, these instructions appear…

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Devices.)

2. Tap or click Second screen and then choose one of these options:
(the rest omitted)


After I follow instruction #1, and tap Devices I do not see what the instructions say I will see. Instead, I see this…

 Devices

Desktop

Nothing can be sent from the desktop


Both monitors are plugged in. Nothing has changed with the hardware since last week. Everything worked fine under Windows 7.

Could someone suggest what I (currently a total windows 8 absolute newbee) can do to activate the second monitor ? The major goal is to be able to physically work in one app on one screen and another on the other screen.

When I try pressing the "Windows Key + P" hotkey, I get this on the right side of the screen

 Second Screen

Your PC can't project to another screen.
Try reinstalling the driver or using a different video card.


I know that I saw two screens, mirror images, when Windows 8 was first installed.

When I right click on the traditional desktop (not the Start screen) and select "Screen Resolution", like this…

This is what pops up…

Again, the confusion: when Windows 8 was installed, both screens presented a mirror image.