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Multiboxing Guild Wars 2

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I don't think it's a secret that I occasionally dual boot. Dual booting is not against the rules, so long as you control both accounts unassisted: https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/gw2/whats-the-deal-with-multi-boxing/first#post1536295

 

  1. Download and install Process Explorer - here's the link from Microsoft's site: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/processexplorer.aspx
  2. Make a copy of your Guild Wars 2 Shortcut and rename it to something like "Update Guild Wars 2" (http://puu.sh/nmshb/b888dc6a42.png)
  3. We will be updating the targets for each of these shortcuts. First, let's update the regular Guild Wars 2 shortcut so you can use it to dual box.
    1. Right click and select properies, it will open a window like this: http://puu.sh/nmu6M/bd94c6f966.png (if you're not already on the "Shortcut" tab at the top, change to the shortcut tab now)
    2. Generally, your shortcut target will be the location of where you installed Guild Wars 2. As you can see, I am using the 64-bit client. If you use the regular 32-bit client, you'll see something ending in "Gw2.exe" rather than "Gw2-64.exe" - this is not a big deal. We'll be adding stuff after the bit in quotations.
    3. Strictly speaking, for dual boxing, you only need to add the -shareArchive flag. I would also recommend you add -maploadinfo. You will notice in the picture above I already have these options added.
    4. You are not yet ready to dualbox, but you're now set up to do it.
  4. Let's update the second shortcut I had you make, the update shortcut.
    1. Again, right click and select properties for that same window.
    2. You'll want to remove any flags so that you're just left with the location of your Gw2 executable.
    3. Add "-image" to the end, without quotation marks like so: http://puu.sh/nmsFg/35c4ab68d1.png
    4. Clicking this shortcut will start the launcher, update, and close itself. Beware this will download ALL the files in the current manifest, so if you haven't already fully downloaded everything, this can take quite a while. You will not be able to play GW2 using this shortcut, it is strictly for updating the game files.
  5. Once you have the two shortcuts ready, you can start to dualbox.
  6. To start just one client, just click the regular shortcut and play as usual.
  7. If you want to start a second client, you must follow these steps every time.
    1. Open process explorer with administrator privileges and you will be greeted with this window: http://puu.sh/nmtZX/21a2d4d2c4.png
      1. As a side note, if you want the EXE to run as admin every time, rather than having to right click and run as admin, you can check this box in the properties dialogue: http://puu.sh/nmsYG/235eac4d38.png
    2. Hit "Ctrl + F" to open the find dialogue and type in "Guild" and then search.
    3. Highlight the Mutant with the name containing "AN-Mutex-Window-Guild" - it looks like this in my search results: http://puu.sh/nmtZb/9e638eeb5e.png
    4. Close search, and make sure you have the same Mutant highlighted in the main window. Right click on it, and hit "Close Handle" - this will prompt you with a warning that you may crash the program: http://puu.sh/nmvQC/ecf6fd8889.png
    5. Hit yes and you can now launch a second copy of Guild Wars 2 using the shortcut we created above.

Some notes to be aware of:

  • The client shortcut we created above will not update properly because of the -shareArchive flag - this is why we created the "Update" shortcut. Whenever there is a new build, you MUST update using the Update shortcut.
  • Some options are saved client side, you if you want to maintain your options, always close your dual box client first before closing your main client.
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I'v done what you said but whenever i try to open the second account with the "Update Guild Wars 2" shortcut, i get an error that says how it was unable to access the local.dat file in my Appdata folder. If anyone has any suggestions that might help me fix this that would be great

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11 minutes ago, Frost2779 said:

I'v done what you said but whenever i try to open the second account with the "Update Guild Wars 2" shortcut, i get an error that says how it was unable to access the local.dat file in my Appdata folder. If anyone has any suggestions that might help me fix this that would be great

Youll need to add the -sharearchive parameter to your shortcut 

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21 hours ago, Frost2779 said:

Do you mean to the "Update Guild Wars 2" shortcut as well as the normal one?

 

To any of the shortcuts you create

It allows multiple instances of gw2 to access the same .dat file

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On 9/12/2016 at 8:21 PM, Frost2779 said:

Do you mean to the "Update Guild Wars 2" shortcut as well as the normal one?

 

Actually to the Update shortcut, you probably want to leave that default.  Any accounts you want to run together you use the -shareArchive parameter on each of the shortcuts.  Currently right now I have 9 shortcuts for each account I use.. my target command looks like..  

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Guild Wars 2\gw2-64.exe" -email [email protected] -password secretlol -autologin -nopatchui -maploadinfo -shareArchive

 

Your location will probably be different.  Also no that isn't my real info lol .. but all I do is create another shortcut, change email and pass.. and all I need to do is load 1 account.. load Process Explorer .. click on gw2-64.exe .. click on the bottom list and press M to go to Mutant .. then kill off  " \Sessions\1\BaseNamedObjects\AN-Mutex-Window-Guild Wars 2 " .. then I can click on the next account to load from the shortcut I created.  You will probably have to kill off the Mutant for each account you want to run at the same time.

 

Important Info: If loading your game using the method above crashes your client right away without loading to character select, this means the game has an update and you should run your original shortcut first.

 

I have the original shortcut to the game on my start menu with no shortcut parameters.. which I use to update my game.

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