On a PC, you can run two or more versions of Mylio logged into two different (or even the same) accounts. They can run at the same time, concurrently open, on the same desktop instance - no need for two Windows users.
The steps below are for Windows only. It does NOT work on OSX. This is not formally supported by our support team (mostly because it doesn’t work on OSX), but I’ll try and assist via the forum if something goes wrong. I’ve been personally running this way on my own devices for the last 4 years, so have many of my colleagues. There are a couple of known issues at the bottom of this post.
Before you do this the first time, turn off all of your other devices, then backup your Mylio catalog. This is the file under:
If you have a specific scenario you’re unsure about, please ask here first.
The Mylio instances need to be logically separate from each other (different folders etc.). To do that, create a new shortcut to the Mylio.exe under Program Files\Mylio, then right-click properties on the new shortcut, and modify the target to add the following (case sensitive):
Where mySuffix is a way for you to identify the Mylio instance.
So e.g. my main desktop instance is called Ryzen, so my shortcut is:
“C:\Program Files\Mylio\Mylio.exe” /rootSuffix Ryzen
How this works is the following. Generally Mylio creates folders and registry entries under e.g.
and registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Mylo
Once you add the /rootSuffix it will add the suffix to each of those location to keep them apart from each other.
and registry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MyloRyzen
When you launch Mylio from the new shortcut, and it will behave like a new device (with the name you gave it under /rootSuffix). You will see the setup wizard again on first launch, and you can then from there log into the other account (or even the same one if you want for some reason).
Once you launch Mylio it will name the application by the suffix inside the windows taskbar (instead of just being called “Mylio”). e.g. Here I have 2 Mylio instances open, the first one has no /rootSuffix, the second /rootSuffix is called Ryzen.
Similar in the System Tray - you will see multiple Mylio icons there. To find out which one is which, right-click on it, and it will put the name of the /rootSuffix in parentheses.
You can run as many /rootSuffix instances as you want at the same time (within reason), and you can run one instance without a /rootSuffix and additional ones with a /rootSuffix. Just keep in mind the actual term /rootSuffix is case sensitive.
- Do NOT use two /rootSuffix instances logged into the SAME Mylio account if you have a Mylio USB Vault attached to that PC. It should be fine if you log into two different accounts.
- Do NOT point two Mylio instances logged into the SAME Mylio account to the same set of source folders. This would either be via initial setup, or Settings/Source Folders later on. So if you have a big picture folder on a drive, only one instance of Mylio should point there, the other should just go to the default location (e.g. C:\Users\deon\MylioRyzen).