Run two instances of Cisco Spectrum Expert from shortcuts, with band specific Plot configurations

This demonstration is performed using Windows 10, though this method also worked under Windows 8.1

In a previous post I described how to launch a second instance of Cisco Spectrum Expert by holding down the shift key and clicking on the pinned icon. This requires you to manually select the plot layout each time you load the software. I find it more efficient to have two shortcuts pinned to the start bar, one instance loads with the 2.4 GHz plot layout, the second loads with the 5 GHz plot layout. This is done by creating an additional local user under Windows and running the second instance of CSE as that other user.

First thing, Cisco Spectrum Expert needs to be installed, I am going to assume this is already done!

I am going to delete the shortcut that automatically gets placed on the desktop!

Then create an additional local user under Windows, to do this head to Control Panel!

00 Win 10 Control Panel
Control Panel > User Accounts
01 Manage another account
Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage another account
02 add a new user
Add a new user in PC settings
03 Add someone else
Add someone else to this PC
04 No email address
Skip this step by selecting: The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address
05 without microsoft account
Skip this step by selecting: Add a user without a Microsoft account
06 account called super
Enter a Username, I have chosen “Super”, no password is necessary at this point
07 close all open windows, go back into Control Panel
Close down all of the open windows , go back into Control Panel and select User Accounts again
08 Manage another account again
Control Panel > User Accounts > Manage another account
09 select new user
This time select the new account, Super
10 create a password
Create a password
11 new password
12 new folder called shortcuts
Create a new folder within the Cisco Spectrum Expert folder, C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco Spectrum Expert

The shortcuts we create in a moment will be housed in this folder, so I have named the folder “shortcuts”

13 create two shortcuts
Create two shortcuts to MobileConsole.exe

These shortcuts will probably be created and placed onto the desktop

14 copy links into the folder
Copy both newly created shortcuts into the shortcuts folder
15 delete desktop items and rename one link
Then remove the original two from the desktop, I have renamed one of the shortcuts to “Spectrum Expert”
16 Properties of link 2
Now modify the properties of the second shortcut link

So far we have not done anything new or exciting, now we will modify the properties of the second shortcut link, so that it will run MobileConsole.exe as our second user “Super”.

I discovered how to do this from this website: Run as Different User Shortcut

17 change target
Insert the following text before the text in the Target field

runas /savecred /user:Super “EXISTING PATH”

Then click Apply

This will look something like:

runas /savecred /user:Super “C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco Spectrum Expert\MobileConsole.exe”

The shortcut icon changes at this point, change it back to the CSE icon, by selecting the “Change Icon” button.

19 properties change icon
Click OK
20 assign CSE icon back again
Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco Spectrum Expert

Select MobileConsole.exe to restore the CSE icon

21 rename modified link
I renamed the second link to “Spectrum Expert 5 GHz”, double click this link now
22 propt asks for password
A prompt should appear and ask you to enter the password you assigned to the second user account, this is the only time you will be asked for this!
23 CSE then loads
After that the two shortcut links will open different instances of CSE, they will remember the band selection and Plot layout on startup
24 drop links onto start bar
Drag both links, one at a time into the start bar for quick access to band specific instances of Cisco Spectrum Expert

Thank you for taking a look at this post, if you found it remotely useful or interesting that is fantastic!

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