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I am on windows 7 command prompt. When I run the following command

"C:\Program Files\abc.exe" help  > out.txt

abc.exe is a third party program which displays some info. What happens is that a new window opens up, abc.exe help prints the output on the new window, the window then closes and I get back to my original window. The out.txt file remains empty.

How can I prevent abc.exe from opening a new window. Can I force it to display its output on the same original window so that it can be redirected to out.txt.

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Can you post some of the abc.exe code? – demonofnight Jun 5 '13 at 15:03
@demonofnight: The question says abc.exe is a third party program, which means that's probably unlikely. – Ken White Jun 5 '13 at 15:29
Its an EMC program to get some details about the storage system. – Sumedh Jun 5 '13 at 16:07

It may be that the application doesn't output to STDOUT or STDERR but try this

"C:\Program Files\abc.exe" help  > out.txt 2>&1
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That did not work. – Sumedh Jun 10 '13 at 17:26
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I was able to solve this.

In windows there is an option called "Open command prompt as Administrator". A new window does not open up in that case.

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Works for me. But why? @Sumedh do you have any explanation? – CAMOBAP Oct 26 '14 at 12:29
I have no idea, why this works. – Sumedh Oct 27 '14 at 16:19

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