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Is there any difference between executing a command from an open command prompt and the run dialog (Win + R)?

What are the pros and cons of each and when should I use one over the other?

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The main difference is that the console window will stay open after whatever you're doing finishes. – martineau Jul 13 '12 at 13:54
Thanks, Is there any advantages to use specific between them – 4M01 Jul 13 '12 at 14:10
It would be a lot easier to answer this question if you used actual words instead of ampersands and abbreviations and specify relevant information such as the OS. CMD is a key on Apple keyboards. I had to read this question thrice to finally understand it. – Dennis Jul 13 '12 at 14:11
Well, if the window stays open you'll have a better chance to see any output that may have been generated (as well as the opportunity to do something else by typing in another command). – martineau Jul 13 '12 at 14:12
@Dennis: The (Win+R) is a major clue... – martineau Jul 13 '12 at 14:14
up vote 3 down vote accepted



  • Run commands concurrently
  • View output from programs
  • Window stays open when commands complete
  • Extremely flexible


  • Slower to use than run
  • Unnecessary for commands with no output.



  • Quickly run single commands


  • Often cannot see the output of commands
  • A new window has to be opened for each new command.
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