How can I open more than one instance of the Windows settings?

It wasn't a problem with the old style, but with the new one I can't seem to open multiple settings simultaneously and side by side.

Example of the new settings window:

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  • It doesn't look like you can as the settings dialog doesn't seem to handle it. It you could try to open it using different accounts. For quite some options the old control panel is also available. – Seth May 7 '18 at 11:51
  • In what circumstance would having multiple Settings windows help? – Christopher Hostage May 7 '18 at 17:23
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    @ChristopherHostage When I'm doing multiple things or want to test some combination of settings that are in different sections. – arieljannai May 22 '18 at 9:14
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    @MichaelEvanchik Thanks for the idea, but I don't think it's a path I'm going to go for that purpose :) – arieljannai May 22 '18 at 9:15
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    @ChristopherHostage: Here is another use case: superuser.com/q/1406135/14517 – Heinzi Feb 15 '19 at 15:58

How can I open more than one instance of the Windows settings?

What you want is not possible at this time. While being able to open multiple instances of a UWP application is possible, the application must be updated to support this feature, the Settings UWP application has not been updated to support this feature.

Microsoft would have to add SupportsMultipleInstances to the manifest of the Settings UWP application in order for multiple instances of the application to be launched.

Both templates add SupportsMultipleInstances to the package.appxmanifest file. Note the namespace prefix desktop4 and iot2: Only projects that target the desktop, or Internet of Things (IoT) projects support multi-instancing:


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