Running EVE Online in multiple client

The full instruction on how to run EVE Online in multiple client can be found here. In this blog, I’m only addressing for Windows operating system only. And the purpose only as a note for my own use.

Warning: DISCLAIMER: Although it is not officially supported by CCP, it is possible to run multiple clients simultaneously. However, doing this has been known to cause some problems with some computers. Use the following instructions at your own risk!

For older hardware only, it is recommended that all your graphical settings are set to the lowest option and turning off sound options for the additional client is also highly recommended for alt-tab method.

Please note that to play EVE with two clients you will need two separate accounts; it is not possible to be online with two separate sessions on the same account. A trial account cannot be used simultaneously together with a paid account on the same computer.

Here are the steps:

  1. Only one EVE Online client installation is needed.
  2. You only need to update this one client when new patches are available.
  3. Each separate junction point/shortcut that you make will have its own Cache and Settings folders.
  4. You must either check both startup options in the Launcher, or disable the “close when EVE starts” option, in order to run multiple clients; the “close when EVE starts” option prevents additional clients from starting, unless set to only show the launcher when there is a patch.

Method 1 – Junctions

XP Steps

REQUIRED SOFTWARES:

Link Shell Extension (command line environment) or Junction Link Magic (windowed environment) – for creating Junction Points

Creating the Junction Point and Shortcuts to run your other clients

  1. Make sure that EVE Online has been installed. If not install it first.
  2. Install Link Shell Extension.
  3. Open My Computer > C:\Program Files\CCP (if your EVE ONLINE client is installed in a different directory, go there)
  4. Select the folder named EVE and right-click to display a menu. From this menu, left-click Pick Link Source
  5. Right-click on the empty space beside the EVE folder to display a menu. From this menu, left-click Drop As… Junction.
  6. A new folder with a small chain icon with the name Junction of EVE is created.
  7. Rename this newly created folder as EVE2.
  8. Open EVE2 folder. If you see files and folders in it, it means that the junction has been created successfully.
  9. On your Windows XP Desktop window, find your EVE shortcut icon. Right-click and copy. Then paste it to your Desktop. A new shortcut named Copy of EVE is created.
  10. Rename Copy of EVE to EVE2.
  11. Right-click EVE2 and select Properties to edit the shortcut.
  12. Edit the Target to “C:\Program Files\CCP\EVE2\eve.exe
  13. Edit the Start In to “C:\Program Files\CCP\EVE2“. Click Apply, then OK to finish editing the shortcut.
  14. Your new shortcut to the 2nd EVE Client is now created and ready to run.
  15. You will also need to run each EVE program in windowed mode.

Vista/7 Steps

Creating the symlink and Shortcuts to run your other clients Using 3rd party applications

  1. Make sure that EVE Online has been installed. If not install it first.
  2. Open My Computer > C:\Program Files (x86) or if your EVE ONLINE client is installed in a different directory, go there.
  3. Hold the SHIFT key, and right-click the CCP folder, select Open command window here.
  4. Create a new juction by typing “mklink /D EVE2 EVE” in the command window.
    1. If you get an error, you might have to start cmd as Administrator: Press the Windows key, enter cmd in the search box, right-click the cmd.exe icon from the search results, and select “Run as Administrator”
    2. You’ll have to manually go to the directory where EVE is installed with cd (eg. cd “Progam Files (x86)” .
  5. Open EVE2 folder. If you see files and folders in it, it means that the junction has been created successfully.
  6. Right-click the eve.exe file in EVE2 and select Pin to startmenu or Pin to taskbar.
  7. Your new shortcut to the 2nd EVE Client is now created and ready to run.
  8. The pinned shortcuts can now be renamed.

NOTE:

  1. You will also need to run each EVE program in windowed mode.
  2. Creating the shortcut as described in the Windows XP instructions above also applies.
  3. The junction EVE2 can be named anything. So for a two account setup, making two junctions, EVE_account1 and EVE_account2, will give you two separate cache folders and one normal cache folder for updating EVE.

Method 2 – Alt-tab (Vista/7 only)

NOTE: This method is known to cause windows DEP (Data Execution Prevention) system to activate. It usually presents itself when exiting eve with this error code. It doesn’t really cause any problems but it is annoying when it pops up. It only happens when one client has locked a file for writing and the other client tries to write to or maybe read it.

  1. Open Eve as you normally would.
  2. Login and Enter the game.
  3. After you are logged in press Alt+Tab to bring the Desktop forward.
  4. Double click the same Eve Icon you used before.
  5. Login to your Second account if you have one and enter the game through that account as well.
  6. Repeat Steps 3-5 for more Accounts.
  7. To switch between accounts press Alt+Tab.

NOTE: As with all of these methods there is an increased risk of system instability with each instance of the program running with more 
noticeable lag and possible crashes due to the increased load on your system and internet connection.
How much of a risk varies from pc to pc but many do this on a daily basis and the eve code keeps getting better.
While you may want to go ahead and do this however, you have been warned.

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