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Is there a way to run a system command in a windows program without having a console window popup to run it? I need to run a batch file but don't want a console window to popup... Thanks in advance [grin]

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Sure, just execute the console application from a console-less application.

There's probably an easy way to do it without writing custom applications too (rundll perhaps?), but I didn't bother googling last time I needed to do this.
You could probably pipe the output onto some other application too. But the MSVC debugger would only let me spawn raw executables (no batch files or input redirection) and I wanted a way to launch emulated executables.
#include <windows.h>

int WINAPI WinMain(HINSTANCE instance, HINSTANCE prev, LPSTR cmdline, int cmdshow)

ZeroMemory(&si, sizeof(si));
ZeroMemory(&pi, sizeof(pi));
si.cb = sizeof(si);

if(!CreateProcess(NULL, cmdline, NULL, NULL, FALSE, 0, NULL, NULL, &si, &pi)) {
return 1;

WaitForSingleObject(pi.hProcess, INFINITE);

return 0;

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