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[How-To] Run Multiple Skype Sessions on One Computer

Wednesday, 24 December 2008, 14:39 | Skype | 6 Comments | Read 2961 Times
by Vaibhav Pandey

You already know how to run multiple Gtalk session on one computer, However, Skype, one of the most used VOIP messaging software can also be configured to run Multiple Sessions on one Computers.

This article will employ a hack which will allow you to Run Multiple Skype Session on One Computer. The hack will be of pretty much use for those whose entire family uses Skype, but alas, they have only one computer to work on.

In order to Run Multiple Skype Sessions on One Computer, follow the steps below. This hack will guide you with instantiating 2 Skype Sessions on the same computer, however you can always repeat the steps to instantiate more sessions. This hack works only on Windows XP. 

This hack assumes you have your Skype installed at C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe, in case if your Skype Installation resides at some other location, you will have to update below the correct location accordingly.

1.) Create a new windows user with admin rights. For simplicity, lets name this user as technofriends

2.) Next, right click on your Desktop to create a link on your desktop with the following destination: %windir%\system32\RUNAS.exe /profile “/user:technofriends /savecred “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe”


Image: Setting up Multiple Skype Sessions on One Computer

Image: Setting up Multiple Skype Sessions on One Computer

You are done, now when you click on this newly created shortcut, Skype will instantiate a fresh session on your computer. You can even place multiple calls from two different user id’s using this hack.



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  • cuttie

    Hi follow the instructions but i cannot open the new skype i have opened.

  • wivern

    in the new Skype v4.0 you have to pass “/secondary” as parameter to Skype in order for this to work. I did it in the folowing way:

    1. Open WindowsExplorer, find Skype executable (c:\program files\skype\phone\skype.exe) and create a shortcut to it on the desktop
    2. Right click on that shortcut and select “Properties”
    3. Edit the Target field to look like this –
    “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary
    4. On the bottom of the first page will be a button labeled “Advanced…”. Click this button and select “Run with different credentials”. Select OK, and then select OK again to close the Properties dialog.

    Now by starting Skype from this shortcurt everything should be Ok

  • Switch

    Cool… more than 5 connections :)

  • kp

    In this article I see that it is possible to use a Bluetooth headset with Skype:

    Extending this idea a bit, is it possible to pair multiple Bluetooth headsets to your multiple Skype setup?

    Thanks in advance to your response!


  • Diegard

    THANK YOU! Amazing tip.

  • Sourabh

    Can we do this without Admin Rights????