I want to launch a 2nd Skype instance from a Batch file. I have done that successfully with the run window:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\skype.exe" /secondary

But for the life of me I cannot figure out how to do the same from a Batch file. Here is a list of my failed attempts:

  1. Nothing happens here. Command window opens and stays open:

    start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\skype.exe /secondary"

  2. Command window opens and closes:

    start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\skype.exe" /secondary

  3. Error message "Secondary does not exist"

    start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\skype.exe" "/secondary"

What am I doing wrong?

  • how can we do it in linux if user is accessing ubuntu box using thin client? – Satya Jan 25 '12 at 18:17

Don't use the "start" command.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\skype.exe" /secondary

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start "Some Title" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\skype.exe" /secondary

The title is required.

  • Duh! How simple can it be? Thanks, mate. Do you know how to make that command line windows disappear after running the batch file? – user 99572 is fine Jan 25 '12 at 18:28
  • I forgot... start requires a title.... /facepalm.... and you're right that you need start to fork the process away from the cmd prompt. – TheCompWiz Jan 25 '12 at 18:41

Open notepad and type the following line, save this file as a .bat (for 32 bit windows)

start "Some Title" "C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\skype.exe" /secondary

Open notepad and type the following line, save this file as a .bat (for 64 bit windows)

start "Some Title" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\skype.exe" /secondary

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