Starts a separate window to run a specified program or
START ["title"] [/Dpath] [/I] [/MIN] [/MAX] [/SEPARATE |
[/LOW | /NORMAL | /HIGH | /REALTIME | /ABOVENORMAL | /BELOWNORMAL]
[/WAIT] [/B] [command/program]
"title" Title to display in window title bar.
path Starting directory
B Start application without creating a new window. The
application has ^C handling ignored. Unless the application
enables ^C processing, ^Break is the only way to interrupt
I The new environment will be the original environment
to the cmd.exe and not the current environment.
MIN Start window minimized
MAX Start window maximized
SEPARATE Start 16-bit Windows program in separate memory
SHARED Start 16-bit Windows program in shared memory space
LOW Start application in the IDLE priority class
NORMAL Start application in the NORMAL priority class
HIGH Start application in the HIGH priority class
REALTIME Start application in the REALTIME priority class
ABOVENORMAL Start application in the ABOVENORMAL priority
BELOWNORMAL Start application in the BELOWNORMAL priority
WAIT Start application and wait for it to terminate
If it is an internal cmd command or a batch file then
the command processor is run with the /K switch to cmd.exe.
This means that the window will remain after the command
has been run.
If it is not an internal cmd command or batch file then
it is a program and will run as either a windowed
or a console application.
parameters These are the parameters passed to the
If Command Extensions are enabled, external command
through the command line or the START command changes as
non-executable files may be invoked through their file
by typing the name of the file as a command. (e.g. WORD.DOC
launch the application associated with the .DOC file
See the ASSOC and FTYPE commands for how to create these
associations from within a command script.
When executing an application that is a 32-bit GUI
does not wait for the application to terminate before
the command prompt. This new behavior does NOT occur if
within a command script.
When executing a command line whose first token is the
string "CMD "
without an extension or path qualifier, then "CMD" is
the value of the COMSPEC variable. This prevents picking up
from the current directory.
When executing a command line whose first token does NOT
extension, then CMD.EXE uses the value of the PATHEXT
environment variable to determine which extensions to look
and in what order. The default value for the PATHEXT
Notice the syntax is the same as the PATH variable, with
semicolons separating the different elements.
When searching for an executable, if there is no match on
then looks to see if the name matches a directory name. If
it does, the
START command launches the Explorer on that path. If done
command line, it is the equivalent to doing a CD /D to that