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Windows 7: 2 instances of outlook 2010 at the same time


24 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 RC
 
 
2 instances of outlook 2010 at the same time

I'm trying to run two instances of outlook at the same time on the same computer using two different outlook profiles.

example - Profile 1 - Outlook (the default profile)
Profile 2 - Gmail

I just want to keep both of my email accounts separate.

I tried this Running two or more email profiles concurrently in Outlook 2010

and using the /profile "Outlook" switch.

It works for the first profile that I open but it doesn't matter which profile I try to open next, it will always continue to re-open the profile I opened first.

Anyone know how to get this to work?

Thanks,
quad

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24 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

It's possible that you need to define the send and receive groups:
Why use Send/Receive groups? - Outlook - Microsoft Office
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24 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

In your Control Panel, Mail, select Profiles, and see what option is selected at the bottom. I have two people who monitor two e-mail accounts, and for both I have it set to prompt them...and it works fine.


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28 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Irene View Post
It's possible that you need to define the send and receive groups:
Why use Send/Receive groups? - Outlook - Microsoft Office
Thanks but I don't understand how defining the send and receive group will allow me to open outlook in two different instances at the same time with two different email accounts.

thanks,
quad
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28 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
In your Control Panel, Mail, select Profiles, and see what option is selected at the bottom. I have two people who monitor two e-mail accounts, and for both I have it set to prompt them...and it works fine.
I do have my outlook profiles setup to Prompt me and I have a Gmail profile and the default Outlook profile.

The first time I open Outlook it prompts me but when I open outlook the second time it opens the same profile that is already opened without prompting me.

thanks,
quad
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28 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The following link, I believe, includes reference to the requirement in your post: Hammer of God
... unfortunately I think it is only suitable for 2007/2003
Also, it refers to Exchange Servers not POP3 accounts. (It seems that Outlook 2010 now has these capabilities).

Here is an excerpt from the link:

Quote:
..:.:.:: ExtraOutlook! Vista/XP OL 2003/2007 v1.3 (~ 6k - author: Jason Geffner) ::.::.:..
What people are saying about "ExtraOutlook":
Slava - "This tool is just AWESOME!!!! Thanks again..."
Erin - "That. Is. Pimp."
Greg - "Life just got alot better. Thanks heaps!"
Greg's Mom - "Do me Thor! Do me!"


As long as Outlook has been around, people have been trying to get two instances running at the same time. Not multiple profiles that you can load when starting Outlook, but two separate instances running concurrently, each with their own associated profile. After all, Outlook (even 2007) only lets you connect to a single Exchange server per profile... And that sucks.
What would be great is to have one instance connected up to your "business" Exchange Server, and another connected up to your "personal" Exchange Server (and of course, to other people's Exchange servers who don't you know have an account on their box .
If you've tried to do this, you've found that no matter what you do, you can't run two (or more) Outlooks at the same time, even if you try renaming .exe's, using command-line profile specifications, or any other tricks.
However, while futzing around one day trying to get two Outlooks running, I had what I thought was a great idea -- I'd configure a separate profile for Outlook under a different user account, and then use "RunAs" to launch Outlook as that user, and all of my dreams would come true. Boy, was I excited.
Well, it didn't work. In fact, it didn't work so well that it scared me.
When Outlook was launched via "RunAs" (no matter whether I executed Outlook.exe in a secondary "RunAs" command prompt or directly from the the interactive session), what happened was that a separate instance of Outlook did indeed launch, but it displayed the "concurrent" user's folders and NOT those of the user used to RunAs - no matter how you launched it! If during this time you viewed Task Manager, you would find that even though you saw two differnt windows running, and though you could interact with them individually (meaning, you could open different sets of folders in each separately, but they were for the same user) you only saw one instance of the .exe running. The first thing I thought was "Voodoo!!" I then said to myself, "Self, even though you launched it in a completely different user context, it hopped out of that user's space and hijacked your concurrent logon's files! WTF?"
During last year's Microsoft Ninjitsu training at Black Hat Vegas, I brought it up to my class and we all concurred that voodoo was afoot - even some Microsoft guys (who shall remain nameless) thought so and told me to STFU and to contact MSRC before talking about it anymore since it looked like Outlook was actually crossing user context borders.
True to "responsible disclosure," I called upon the skillz of Jason Geffner, a "reverse engineer" I work with at NGSSoftware. Jason is one of those irritatingly smart people that can do anything, so I knew he'd help me out (Actually, we've got lots of people like that at NGS . As it turns out, Outlook is doing nothing close to what I feared. Basically, the second instance sees that another Outlook window is running in the same interactive logon space, and when it starts, it just calls another popup in the previous Outlook space and then terminates itself (that's close enough, anyway). The good news is that there is no "user hopping" or "boundary crossing" here. A more detailed explanation of the actual technical process is available on Jason's site. The really good news is that Jason was able to intercept the exit process and patch the FindWindowA call to a NULL value, which started a completely separate Outlook instance and allowed a different profile to be selected on load! W00t! So, without further adieu, we are proud to present you with our "ExtraOutlook" tool that allows you to launch as many Outlook instances as you want. All you have to do is configure the profiles you want, and then type: ExtraOutlook.exe "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE" (after you download it, of course).
Attendees of past Microsoft Ninjitsu classes have been using it for some time now (as all attendees get special access to the Hammer of God Member's Site) and we've not heard of any catastrophic failures (you know, like having all mailbox data destroyed without any hope of recovery).
Of course, use it at your own risk, and all standard warnings and disclaimers apply. Go nuts.
Ver 1.0 - Rel 1/11/08 - Public Release
Ver 1.1 - Rel 1/12/08 - Fixed error on XP
ver 1.2 - Rel 2/09/08 - Added support for Outlook 2003
ver 1.3 - Rel 1/15/09 - Added support for command line options
... all very complicated!
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01 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 RC
 
 

THANK YOU! Thank You! Thank You!!!

I ran across the extraoutlook.exe before but I guess I didn't fully understand it or didn't set it up right the first time.

VERY VERY Simple!

Download extraoutlook.exe and here's what I did:
I created a folder (extraoutlook at the root of C and put the extraoutlook.exe in the folder)

Next I went to a command prompt and navigated to my C:\extraoutlook folder then typed in the following line -
extraoutlook.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe" /profile "Gmail"

So it would look like this on the screen in your command window -
C:\extraoutlook\extraoutlook.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe" /profile "Gmail"

This is working for Windows 7 using Outlook 2010

Once Again - Thank You!!!

PS - To make it even easier once it's setup I did this:

Created a bat file in the C:\extraoutlook folder and created a shortcut of the bat file on my desktop.

Now just a double-click and I have my Gmail account open
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If you don't know how to create a bat file here we go:
Open a new text document and
If you are using Windows 7 just copy and paste the following: extraoutlook.exe "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\Outlook.exe" /profile "Gmail"
(My profile name is Gmail - replace it with whatever your outlook profile name is)
Save your new text document - rename it to whatever you want

Now you will have to change the extension of your new .txt file to .bat - now just double click the file and it will work.
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01 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Excellent!! So pleased it worked for you.

Great method explanation for anyone else wishing to do the same...
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02 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 RC
 
 

My next problem was checking my gmail accounts using outlook on two different computers.

It was easy after a quick Google search. I had to use IMAP instead of POP3.

Enter all of the proper info for your account the make these few changes and there you go!!!









It's all listed here: Outlook 2007 or 2010 - Gmail Help just in case you are having trouble.

quad
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02 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the extra info, quad. I am sure that others will be most grateful.
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