From my Window/XP start->accessories->Command Prompt , I can start a command prompt, even though the icon seem to be there (changed to a DOS application icon). Plus, a embedded command:
start /wait /b xcopy ..\\..\\*.* C:\\TEMP_and_BACKUP\\ /c /d /s /e /k /y /z /i
in a DOS executable seems get ignored, while executable seems running fine.
Also from start RUN/cmd the command prompt can get started either.
I remember it was working before .. anyone tell me why it failed and provide a solution