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Only one participant needs a Skype Premium account for group video calls.
You can run Skype for Windows desktop from the command line. For example, if you have installed Skype in the default location, type the following command (including quotes):
You can also supply the following arguments:
|/nosplash||Do not display splash screen when Skype starts.|
|/minimized||Skype is minimized to system tray when it starts.|
|/callto:nameornumber||Call the specified Skype Name or phone number.|
|/secondary||Allows you to start an additional skype.exe instance.|
For example, the following command will close Skype:
"C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe /shutdown"