+ 0 Votes Try the following. deepsand 7 years ago Go to "Start > Programs > Accessories," right click on "Command Prompt," select "Properties > Shortcut," and select "Normal Window" in the "Run" field. Then, return to "Command Prompt" per above, and, using a right click, create a Shortcut on your Desktop, moving a copy to the Quick Launch area of the Taskbar as well if desired. From then on, use the Shortcut rather than "Start > Run" to launch a Command window. If you find this helpful, please mark this reply accordingly. + 0 Votes Thanks! prbennett 3 years ago Dude, this has been a pain in my *** for some time now (kind of not quite enough of a problem to pull out all the stops on). Thanks for posting! + 0 Votes Did the advice provided you here serve to answer your question? deepsand 6 years ago If so, please mark it here as being helpful, so that other who have the same or a similar question will know that. Thank you. + 0 Votes Stop fullscreen DOS (cmd) pjnjhm 6 years ago This one drove me nuts for a while - you can control whether cmd.exe starts as fullscreen or in a window with a shortcut but some programs run child processes using cmd.exe directly. Whenever a program did this I would have a fullscreen DOS popup when I was in the middle of working - very annoying! I finally found a solution - run cmd.exe and allow it to start fullscreen then use ALT + ENTER to switch it to a window. Right click on the top bar of that window and select Properties. Select the Options tab - you should find that the display options are set to run in a window but this is just the current position of the window. If you now click on OK you should be presented with a popup with 2 options - one of which is 'Save properties for future windows with same title' - select this and click on OK and you should find cmd.exe runs as a window from now on.