Running Two Instances of Gtalk

If you use Google Talk and you have more than one Google IDs that you want to use for staying online or chatting to your friends. Here’s a nice quick trick that will allow you to run more than one instance of Gtalk at one time which will allow you to sign in as different IDs while staying on the same computer and without installing or running any other chat client or multi-messenger.

So, how to do so. If you have a shortcut of Google Talk on your desktop, simple right click on it and go to properties. In the properties window, in Target, you’ll have this “C:UsersCOLDFIREAppDataRoamingGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” /startmenu

Copy this line or whatever it is in your computer under target.

Next, on your desktop, right click anywhere on the screen and select New > Shortcut.

Paste the line where it asks for the location of the item. (Remember? we copied something)

Now, in the last you will see /startmenu just over-write it as /nomutex. So, now your shortcut becomes “C:UsersCOLDFIREAppDataRoamingGoogleGoogle Talkgoogletalk.exe” /nomutex

Then click next and save it with any name you desire. Thats it. To launch it, double click the shortcut and now, you can enjoy more than 1 instances of Google Talk running on your computer


In the url “C:UsersCOLDFIREAppDataRoamingGoogle…………………. COLDFIRE is my account name in my PC. Replace that with yours.

Recommended that you copy the loaction of the target from your existing Gtalk shortcut properties window and simply change the last word startmenu to nomutex

Known bugs: Does not store passwords for individual instances. If you store password in Google Talk while signing in, the password for the instance that you’ll exit at last will be stored.

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