batch file question

I created a batch file and it is executing the commands with no problem. but I do not want the black box to appear on the screen. I have added the @echo off in the beginning but the box with black box stays on untill the installation finishes.

I want this suppressed
Thanks Habib
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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Ben Personick (Previously QCubed)Connect With a Mentor Lead Network EngineerCommented:
There is no way to have the batch file run without the command promt appearing that I am aware of except for these two options:

1. Using Task Scheduler to schedule the batch file to run as another user.

2. Using VBScript to call the batch file.

there may be a 3rd party utility whcih can also accomplish this.  otherwise the only thing you can do is minimize it.
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rockiroadsCommented:
how are you issuing the call to run the batch script?

by blackbox I assume you mean the dos command window

you could create a shortcut to that batch script and tell it to run minimized

there is this console window tool (called Console Tool) which can be used hidden http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/files/consoletool.zip
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cmartellCommented:
Put the batch file somewhere else like C: maybe then put a shortcut to it on your desktop.  
Right click the shortcut and choose Properties
Go to the Shortcut tab
In the Run drop down choose Minimized
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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
How do I use the console tool
I extracted it what do I do Now.
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rockiroadsCommented:
these are the args apparently for consoletool but I kept getting errors running it about windows handle cant be found

/HIDE hides the console window of course.
/SHOW shows the previously hidden console window.
/NOMENU removes the system menu from the console window.


so the alternative to the shortcut might be to use the START command, It will not hide it but will make it minimized

START /MIN batchscript

this goes to a shortcut obviously. I think that should work.
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rockiroadsCommented:
There is this trick someone made. its a batch script that creates a vbscript (vbscript mentioned by QCubed first)
Wonder if you could use this http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/tips/jsi-tip-9242-how-can-i-hide-a-batch-window-.aspx
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Bill PrewCommented:
Grab a copy od CMDOW from:

http://www.commandline.co.uk/cmdow

and try adding the following at the top of the BAT file:

@cmdow @ /HID

~bp
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Joseph DalyCommented:
I have used this tool in the past with pretty good results. It is called runhid.vbs basically you call this file along with your batch file as an argument and then you can run the batch file contents hidden.

http://www.out-web.net/?p=229
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cmartellCommented:
You can convert the batch file to an exe with this tool.  One of the options is to have the exe run invisible:
http://download.cnet.com/Bat-To-Exe-Converter/3000-2069_4-10555897.html?tag=mncol;1
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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
good answer
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