Google Talk: Run Multiple Instances or Log In as Multiple Users

Posted August 24, 2005 by MickeyMouse in Google

If you have several Google Talk accounts, you may want to run multiple instances of Google Talk at once. Here is how to do it.


Many users, including myself, like to have several different personalities on IM. By default, Google Talk will only allow you to run one instance of the program at a time. You can get around that using these instructions.

Run Google Talk with the following switch: /nomutex.

If you installed Google Talk to the default location, you can easily create a shortcut to this setting.

    1. Right-click on the desktop.
    2. Select New.
    3. Select Shortcut.
    4. Paste this into the text box:
    "c:\program files\google\google talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex

    5. Click Next
    6. Name it whatever you wish (i.e., Google Talk Multiple, etc.)
    7. Click OK until you are done.

Credit goes to the Neowin Forum for the original idea:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=363145&st=0

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