How to run 2 identical applications at one time in Windows XP

It can often be useful to open two of the same applications in Windows Xp. Maybe you are in Microsoft paint and want to be editing one photo and have the original next to it? Or maybe you want to be your work and personal MSN Messenger account at the same time?

With a simple command in the launch options you can run two programs at the same time instantly. First you want to locate the launch icon for the program you want to open. Find the original as you can run into problems if you are using a shortcut.

1) Right click on the icon you wish to run and point your mouse on PROPERTIES and click.

2) Underneath you will see a field called TARGET. After the last ” add a space and -m. If target reads

“C:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe”

You want to change to: “C:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe” -m

Click apply and ok and close out. You should now be able to open multiple instances of the application.



  1. Jeff

    Does not work, I do not get that window with propertys when I click on the exe, when I crate a shortcut, I get that same window, but get an invalid path error.

  2. Dustin Jones

    Also, some programs do not allow this to happen if it can cause damage to your PC or is not intended.

    Ex: I just tried with Shipworks (our shipping software) and they do not allow you because it’s normal to have to pay for 2 copies) 🙂

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