Can I run 3 instances of WMP at the same time?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Daniel Prince, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. I want to run three instances of Windows Media Player at the same
    time so that I can switch between three different play lists without
    losing my place. Can I do this? I have Windows XP Professional SP3
    and Windows Media Player 11.

    If I can not do this with Windows Media Player, can I do it with a
    different program? I need on that I can pause and unpause with
    keyboard shortcuts. Thank you in advance for all replies.
    Daniel Prince, Feb 8, 2012
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  2. Daniel Prince

    VanguardLH Guest

    For Windows XP, no. WMP will reuse an existing instance if you try to
    load another instance of it.

    I have heard of (but not tested) using the "run as" and picking another
    account under which to run a separate instance of WMP. Obviously you
    need to have as many Windows accounts as you want to run for multiple
    instances of WMP: one instance of WMP per account using "run as". You
    can use Fast User Switching if you don't need the multiple instances of
    WMP all available on the same desktop but it sounds like you want them
    all together on the same desktop which means running the other instances
    of WMP under a different account. Since you are using different
    accounts to run the same program, you'll need to consider permissions on
    the files under different accounts, like if the files are under the
    %userprofile% path for each account instead of in some common folder
    accessible by all accounts. Alternatively, you can run separate
    instances of WMP by running it inside multiple sandboxes (e.g.,
    Sandboxie but requires the payware version to create separate sandbox
    containers) or in separate virtual machines (but you have to install an
    OS in each VM).

    VideoLAN's VLC will do what you want regarding having multiple instances
    of it concurrently loaded with different media content. As for
    shortcuts, read to see if it has all
    the keyboard shortcuts you want (it's one of the few apps where I've
    never bothered using keyboard shortcuts so I'm not familiar with them).
    VanguardLH, Feb 8, 2012
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