So far the best solution to this is from another forum, but to me this is just a work around.
OK -- it can be done, but it's kludgy.
1) Create another Windows XP account to use.
2) Use the shell command RUNAS to run the other instance of PowerPoint under the other account.
Example: having created a special account "Dad", when logged in as "BW", and already running PowerPoint, use [Start] [Run...] CMD
, and then enter a command similar to:
C:\> runas /user:dad "c:\program files\microsoft office\office11\POWERPNT.EXE"
Voila! Another instance of PowerPoint.
Pro: you get another instance of PowerPoint.
Con: it's running under the other account, so will save files to the My Documents folder, etc. of that other account. But that could be overcome by changing the MS Office folders locations of where the Dad account saves its files. You need never actually log in to Dad through the front end of Windows XP.
You can make a batch file with a shortcut if you like, so it's as easy as clicking an icon called "Second PowerPoint".
I haven't used this for lengthy periods of time, but essentially, you're doing what is done under Windows Server, etc. with the same version of MS Office. The two instances should be well enough behaved, but in good AskMeFi style, I must point out YMMV.
posted by blue_wardrobe
at 4:19 PM
on September 24, 2006 [4 favorites has favorites