When using a zipped package that is installed using a batch file, I keep seeing the CMD window pop up when it runs. It seems that binaries like .exe and .msi files are completely silent. However, anything that runs in a CMD, opens the window. Which is a nuisance since the end users will see this.

I've even tried using a VBS which calls the .bat file, but even that opens the CMD window. Presumably because of the cscript.exe call.

cscript.exe !InstallSilent.vbs //nologo


Any ideas on how to silence this?
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Well, I found this utility which seems to have solved my issue. I'm in no way affiliated with this tool. Just found it Googling.


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.
Answered 01/27/2012 by: Whizzer929
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I'll second the recommendation of HStart. We have been using this utility for a couple of years with no problems. I don't often trust the results of a Google search for a utility, but Hidden Start is a good one. Sande
Answered 01/27/2012 by: snissen
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Try this one:
wscript.exe "C:\yourpath\invis.vbs" "your file.bat"
in invis.vbs put...

CreateObject("Wscript.Shell").Run """" & WScript.Arguments(0) & """", 0, False

That should make bat files silent at least
Answered 02/01/2012 by: rmeyer
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