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At the moment when run, I can only open one instance of skype. Is it possible to do so with 2 instances?

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Yes, run the first one on your computer and run the second one using the portable apps version:


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Cool idea, and darned simple. –  TheBlastOne Apr 14 '11 at 16:33
As of today, this doesn't work. The portable version reports that another instance is running and refuses to start no matter what. –  romkyns Jul 4 '11 at 16:24
I blame Microsoft. –  Brandon Bertelsen Jul 5 '11 at 3:52

At least with earlier versions, I had luck by creating multiple skype.exe executeable copies and then running them in different user contexts using XP's "fast user switching" feature.

In that szenario, user A autostarted one copy of the executeable, and user B autostarted a different one. Both users logged in simultaneously. Both of them could use Skype. There were problems, of course, when one user session with an active Skype talk was switched away, and the other user tried to use Skype for communication. Everything else worked fine, if I remember correctly.

And note that in my scenario, both users had their own desktops. I am not sure if it would be enough to use RunAs or a similar run-command-as-a-different-user utility.

The good thing is if this works with the current Skype version, it will work for more than two users, too (as apposed to the portable variant suggestion).

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

I found it myself but forgot the site where I learned this, sorry :(

Run skype application from command line with argument /secondary


In my case I executed "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /secondary

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support.skype.com/en/faq/fa829/… –  Gh0sT Dec 8 '12 at 16:38
For easiness, create a new shortcut with the above said location and switch; name it as skype secondary or something else. so that no need of typing this whole thing again and again. –  Renju Chandran chingath Dec 11 '13 at 9:29

.. and if you are using Mac OS you can run https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/47987/multi-skype-launcher

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Please describe what is on the linked page. The link can stop functioning. –  pabouk Dec 11 '13 at 9:51
it's application - Skype Launcher –  user280473 Dec 11 '13 at 15:01
I am sorry that I did not mention it but all the important information should be in the reply - not in the comments. Comments are just for temporary or unimportant information. –  pabouk Dec 11 '13 at 15:04

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