I'm using Desktops from SysInternals on Windows 8 and experiencing a problem launching Chrome. Even if I go to the exe of Chrome it will not launch in anything but the first Desktop. Does anyone know why that might occur?

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    Seems like Desktops isn't fully working on Windows 8 for multiple different browers. Another post about IE provides some clues (superuser.com/q/586284/106227). Launching instances of all browsers had trouble as at 2013 - forum.sysinternals.com/…
    – Crowie
    Jan 12, 2015 at 13:13
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    You will have to use some other programs besides Desktops if you want to add this functionality to Windows 8. The program has not been updated in nearly 3 years which indicates its unlikely to be updated to support any incompatibilities that might exist with Windows 8.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 12, 2015 at 14:07

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This is an issue in Chrome. A workaround is to use a unique user profile per desktop

"chrome.exe --user-data-dir=<insert unique dir here>"

See http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=2730#c14 for more info.

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