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Way to open multiple instances of desktop application?

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Yeah, okay... but the applications the OP is suggesting are not 'Metro' apps, I find it confusing as to what the OP is after.
    I just tried it with 2 Metro APPs (that's all I have) and it did not work even after minimizing them to task bar or running on 2 monitors.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Yeah, as far as I know you can't run two instances of the same Metro App at once. I am also confused as to what the OP wants to do?
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    I personally think it would be better to refer to them as "Desktop Programs" and "Metro Apps". When somebody says "Apps" I immediately think "Metro". If you say Program I think Desktop.
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I want to open multiple instances of the same metro app at once. That includes the 'desktop' metro app so I can effectively open desktop programs as metro apps. I do not want to open metro apps as desktop programs.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I personally think it would be better to refer to them as "Desktop Programs" and "Metro Apps". When somebody says "Apps" I immediately think "Metro". If you say Program I think Desktop.
    Me too. or at least "Applications" for desktop or "Apps" for modern as Apps is more associated with smart phones.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by jimjimmy1995 View Post
    I want to open multiple instances of the same metro app at once. That includes the 'desktop' metro app so I can effectively open desktop programs as metro apps. I do not want to open metro apps as desktop programs.
    Okay! Now we're getting somewhere, thanks for clarifying.
    Ummm...... I don't think it's possible!
    but I'll try!
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  7. #17


    This is certainly a good question. jimjimmy1995. Very rarely I've had to use multiple instances other than with NotePad. My searching only brings up a Registry hack for Windows 8. I'm sure you know to be extra careful with these types of hacks. Launch Multiple Instances of App from Start Screen in Windows 8 | Team Windows 8 Perhaps someone has a better solution. I can't find anything in the tutes here.

    BTW, they are called Store apps officially by MS. That's what they decided to call them after the BS threat over the word "Metro". What a crock that was!
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  8. #18


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    This is certainly a good question. jimjimmy1995. Very rarely I've had to use multiple instances other than with NotePad. My searching only brings up a Registry hack for Windows 8. I'm sure you know to be extra careful with these types of hacks. Launch Multiple Instances of App from Start Screen in Windows 8 | Team Windows 8 Perhaps someone has a better solution. I can't find anything in the tutes here.
    Unfortunately not what I am looking for. It seems the only thing that would work is if someone created a modification like the ones stardock makes that allows multiple instances of metro (or store) apps to be opened at the same time. Ideally I would simply like to open desktop apps in a metro style format rather than in a window. Essentially it would perform like a maximized program does on the desktop but in a metro frame so it could be re-sized and snapped together etc. Pretty much the opposite of ModernMix. Eventually I intend to design a custom OS built on top of Linux but until then I'm stuck with this...
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  9. #19


    I hope I can explain this correctly. There’s a new desktop, but it isn’t “the desktop” portal which is actually now the “Desktop app”. The desktop as we knew it is treated just like a Store app in all ways, even the way it closes. It can be pulled down, but not X’d out to close for there is no App Bar on it. Holding the WinKey, then tapping the period key, then the down arrow key, and then finally releasing the WinKey also closes it.

    Here’s what the new desktop is > an example to try to explain: Post your Desktop The desktop is blank until it is filled with any Store app including the "Desktop app".

    The best one can do is a mixture of Desktop and Modern/Metro Store app combo such as this:

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  10. #20


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I basically want to be able to do something like this:

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    I'd like desktop programs (the old style windowed applications) to open in separate apps (the new style metro apps) rather than on one desktop. That is the exact opposite functionality of Stardock's ModernMix program unfortunately. This would massively increase productivity for me.

    I feel that the way they currently have it implemented has basically caused the entire OS to split into 2 separate sections meaning most people hate it. I don't see why they didn't do away with the desktop altogether in favor of the metro style programs which would at least keep things consistent. They could have simply designed a sandbox type app for desktop applications to run in that maximizes the desktop window essentially making it a metro app without requiring any UI changes.
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