How to automatically minimize a command window upon invocation

By kvernon ·
Hi! Was hoping someone here could help me with a problem I've been chasing. I need my users to be able to enter 'ssh://hostname' into the address bar of their browser and have that launch a putty session to 'hostname'. To that end, I registered the protocol by adding some keys to the registry. For more info on how to do this, see
This allows me to specify in the registry what should happen whenever someone types 'ssh://hostname' in the address bar. Unfortunately, I was unable to simply have it launch putty.exe because when I did that, putty tried to connect to the host ssh. What I needed was a script to act as intermediary and remove the 'ssh://' and simply pass 'hostname' to putty. I wrote a simple bash shell script to do just that, installed cygwin utilities which allow me to run a bash shell (unix environment) such that now I can type 'ssh://hostname' into the browser address bar, which then launches bash.exe in a black "DOS Window" and then my putty session to 'hostname'. Wonderful! Except one thing. I don't want the black DOS window to show at all, or if it does, it should be minimized so that my users don't get confused. I know that in win9x there was a simple option within the properties of any "DOS" application that, if checked, would run the application minimized, however, that seems to have been removed in w2k. Does anyone know how I can fix this? Thanks!

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One of these two may help

by IC-IT In reply to How to automatically mini ...

First a DOS troubleshooter for the window staying open.

Second a bit of code that can be added to do the job.

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Didn't help

by kvernon In reply to One of these two may help

Thanks, but neither will be of much assistance because its not a bat file that I am starting. Technically, the program that I am launching via the registry is bash.exe with my script ( as a startup option. I tried adding start /min to the registry call but to no avail. Oh well. I may just have to deal with user complaints. Thanks!

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In the registry

by IC-IT In reply to Didn't help

Is it being opened something like this;

cmd.exe programname.exe

If so try adding a /C after cmd.exe

cmd.exe /C programname

If the program finishes itself after being called, this should exit the cmd window.

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