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Make Windows 8 Start Menu tiles open a new window by default

By default, when clicking on a tile in the Start Menu in Windows 8, the focus is given to the application if it is already running.

To get a new instance (a new process) of the application launched instead, you can edit the registry:

  • create a new key (folder) Launcher if there isn’t already one in HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\
  • create a new DWORD key in Launcher called DesktopAppsAlwaysLaunchNewInstance and change its value to 1


You then need to log off / log on for the change to be effective.