Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Running multiple Skype instances on the same computer

This is one of the most requested features not only by Skype users, but also by other voice and IM applications users. Having the ability to simultaneously run multiple Skype instances on the same computer has certain advantages to those who have multiple accounts.

For instance you may have a Skype Work account and a Personal account and normally you want to communicate with peoples from both lists in the same time. Until this feature will be supported by Skype you may use one of the following workarounds to accomplish this:

Mode 1: Double click on the Skype shortcut to start the application as usual. For starting the second instance, right-click on the shortcut and select “Run-As…” from the contextual menu if you have Windows XP (or check the appropriate option in the property window if you have Windows 2000). Select another user account and type the corresponding password. You’ll end up having 2 Skype instances running on the same computer.

Mode 2: Alternatively you may use virtualization software such as VMWare Workstation or Player to create a virtual computer on top of your physical one. Install Skype as usual in the virtual machine.

Note: Don’t forget to check also the article “Skype is Call-center ready” where you’ll find out how to register with the same account simultaneous from multiple locations.


Unknown said...

It doesnt work

Anonymous said...

It does work - 5* thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

It does work! 5* thanks for the info!

Anonymous said...

Was not able to get the second instance working on XP

Anonymous said...

Dies not work on xp explain no option to run as

Elhanan Boragine said...

I am running two Skype instances right now!

The first instance is my regular installation on the hard drive. The second one is running from my USB stick. It's a U3 version, actually.

Logically, you may run as many instances as you wish - by using the USB version which stores all data (settings and logs) locally within own folders.