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Article ID: 215032 - Last Review: February 27, 2007 - Revision: 3.3

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Batch file programs, executing on Microsoft Windows 95-based and on Microsoft Windows 98-based computers, may not close the MS-DOS Prompt window if the batch file was not called with a 'command /c' prefix.

This causes the Advertised Program Manager (APM) to think the program is still running, which then prevents the APM from running other advertised programs until the MS-DOS Prompt is manually closed.

When distributing batch file programs to Windows 9x clients, the following syntax should be used for the Command line:

 command /c batchfile.bat

  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Standard Edition
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