On Windows XP, can I run a batch (.bat or .cmd) file, via a shortcut, without a "black window"?
Save the following as wscript, for instance, hidecmd.vbs after replacing "testing.bat" with your batch file's name.
Set oShell = CreateObject ("Wscript.Shell") Dim strArgs strArgs = "cmd /c testing.bat" oShell.Run strArgs, 0, false
The second parameter of
intWindowStyle value indicating the appearance of the program's window and zero value is for hidden window.
The reference is here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/d5fk67ky.aspx
This is just a simplification of Shaji's answer. You can run your batch script through a VBScript (.vbs) script like this:
CreateObject("Wscript.Shell").Run "your_batch_file.bat", 0, True
This will execute your batch file with no command window shown.
Just to expand on the "Use Windows Scripting" answers (which I consider best because it's built-in already) here's how to do it by using a single wrapper script and passing the name of the "real" batch file as a parameter. Additional parameters will be passed on to the batch file.
If WScript.Arguments.Count >= 1 Then ReDim arr(WScript.Arguments.Count-1) For i = 0 To WScript.Arguments.Count-1 Arg = WScript.Arguments(i) If InStr(Arg, " ") > 0 Then Arg = """" & Arg & """" arr(i) = Arg Next RunCmd = Join(arr) CreateObject("Wscript.Shell").Run RunCmd, 0, True End If
So e.g. save the above file as
NoShell.vbs somewhere then call:
Finally, if you're looking to run this from somewhere that doesn't understand the .vbs file (such as an "External Tools" in Visual Studio), you'll want to call
C:\Windows\System32\wscript.exe with the vbs file as its first parameter and your batch file as the second.
Use start with the '/B' option. For example:
@echo off start /B go.bat
Free GPL open source "Create Hidden Process"
Microsoft Security Essentials, and probably most other virus/malware scanners will treat the executable, chp.exe, as a virus because it hides whatever program you specify from displaying a window or a task bar button, just like viruses do.
It's not a virus. It doesn't hide the target process from appearing in task manager for example. And of course the source code is included so you can see that it's very small and doesn't do anything but run whatever program you give it.
You don't even have to trust that the included chp.exe really was built from that source. You can go ahead and discard the included chp.exe and compile your own from the source, and all the necessary tools to do so are even free and downloadable.
You can also just make a shortcut to the .bat or .cmd file, then right-click on the shortcut, Properties, Shortcut tab, Run: Minimized. Then in scheduled tasks, use the shortcut instead of the .bat/.cmd file directly. That will prevent a window from popping up, but a taskbar button will still appear.
You can use window scripting such as AutoIt.
As an example, just write this to the AutoIt script editor. It's fairly simple
Run("C:\test\batchfile.bat", "", @SW_HIDE)
If you want to run it in a loop,
$x=0 Do Run("C:\test\batchfile.bat", "", @SW_HIDE) Sleep(5000) Until $x = 1
Compile it as .exe - and you are done.
Likewise, in AutoHotkey:
#NoTrayIcon ; To prevent momentary icon pop-up run whatever.bat arg1 arg2,,hide
Use Hidden Start (costs $20)
Hidden Start - Run Applications and Batch Files without a Console Window or UAC Prompt
Console applications and batch files are regularly run at Windows startup or in a schedule. The main inconvenience of this is that each application opens a console window that flickers on the screen. Hidden Start (or Hstart) is a lightweight command line utility that allows you to run console applications and batch files without any window in the background, handle UAC privilege elevation under Windows 7 and Vista, start multiple commands in parallel or synchronously, and much more.