Windows 10: Batch file start program minimized

  1. tcebob's Avatar
    Posts : 387
    Windows 10 pro 1803/17134.285
       18 Jul 2017 #1

    Batch file start program minimized

    Here's a little script to make a backup of 2 directories:

    ::can't copy Opera data while Opera is running
    taskkill /im opera.exe
    robocopy c:\all e:\Bobback\All /mir
    robocopy c:\Users\Bob\AppData\Roaming e:\Bobback\Roaming /mir
    ::restart Opera minimized
    start C:\all\Prog\Opera\44.0.2510.1449\opera.exe /min
    It all seems to work OK except the last line which ignores the /min. What have I done wrong?
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  2. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 8,550
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       18 Jul 2017 #2

    Type Start /? for its full syntax, but basically it goes...

    START <parameters for start> command <parameters for command>
    So the way you have written it, /min is passed as a parameter for Opera. I presume you meant it to be a parameter for Start, so try...

    START /MIN C:\all\Prog\Opera\44.0.2510.1449\opera.exe
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  3. tcebob's Avatar
    Posts : 387
    Windows 10 pro 1803/17134.285
    Thread Starter
       18 Jul 2017 #3

    Thanks, Bree. I copied your suggested line and pasted it into a separate bat file. Again, it opened Opera but ignored the /MIN. I can live with opera active so no big problem. But it's odd that it won't take.
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