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start /min command works fine at any Windows 9x command line (in an existing command prompt window, a batch file, the Run window) and will start the command prompt minimised; although the start command itself may open a console window in the foreground. If you instead launch the command prompt from a PIF file, this can be configured in the file properties ...


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Presumably inertia, of the same kind that had MS-DOS prompt for the current date and time at boot long after RTC with state preserved across power cycles became a standard feature. For what it’s worth, the phrasing used in the online help system was more ambiguous, even as early as Windows 95: Windows 95 did not support ACPI, but it was able to power off ...


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