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    Command window no longer closes automatically since Anniversary Update

    I have a short batch programme which I run when starting up my office pc (see below). I have used this programme for years, using Windows XP, 7 and 10, without any problems. However, since the anniversary update, the command window does not automatically close after the programme has run.

    I wonder if anyone has experienced the same problem or has any idea how to overcome it? I thought 'exit' should force the window to close even if it didn't close by itself.

    Thanks.

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF
    
    START /MAX EXCEL.EXE
    
    START WINWORD.exe
    
    START C:\Progra~1\shortk~1\shortkey.exe
    
    START "C:\Users\Victor Delta\Agvddata\GVD Programme Data\PlainPaste\PlainPaste.exe"
    
    START /MAX C:\Progra~1\AvantB~1\avant.exe
    
    START OUTLOOK.EXE
    
    Exit

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    Yes, EXIT would/should terminate the Command Prompt window you're using - as should reaching the end of the BATch file!

    There has been a continuing but fairly occasional problem over many versions of Windows with not specifying a title with the Start command.
    I would reword all the Start commands with a null title field, as
    START "" /MAX EXCEL.EXE
    and so on.

    If that doesn't improve matters, try putting CALL in front of each START command.
    (You never know...)
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    Many thanks, BATcher. I'll give it a try when I get back to the office next week.

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    BATcher, your suggestion about a null field title proved absolutely correct. I wondered if it only applied to the line with inverted commas so I tried that first and sure enough, the window closed after running just as it always did before. So my code now looks as below. Thanks again.

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    BATcher, your suggestion about a null field title proved absolutely correct. I wondered if it only applied to the line with inverted commas so I tried that first and sure enough, the window closed after running just as it always did before. So my code now looks as below. Thanks again.

    Code:
    @ECHO OFF 
    START /MAX EXCEL.EXE 
    START WINWORD.exe 
    START C:\Progra~1\shortk~1\shortkey.exe 
    START "" "C:\Users\Victor Delta\Agvddata\GVD Programme Data\PlainPaste\PlainPaste.exe" 
    START /MAX C:\Progra~1\AvantB~1\avant.exe 
    START OUTLOOK.EXE 
    Exit

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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher
    There has been a continuing but fairly occasional problem over many versions of Windows with not specifying a title with the Start command.
    I would reword all the Start commands with a null title field, as
    START "" /MAX EXCEL.EXE
    and so on.

    If that doesn't improve matters, try putting CALL in front of each START command.
    Good CALL, BATcher. I would never have known so thanks for this info.

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