MODE Command May Not Work Properly When CMD is Minimized

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In Windows NT, if you run a batch or command file and run a MODE command while the batch file is running minimized, the window size of the Command Prompt (CMD.EXE) may not change and the full screen prompt may not get the proper settings.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 3.1 and Windows NT Advanced Server version 3.1. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Create the following batch file and save it as TEST.BAT:
          @echo off
          rem The following should set the screen to 50 lines
          mode con lines=50
  2. In Program Manager, create an icon for TEST.BAT file and select the Run Minimized option.
  3. Double-click the icon to start the Command Prompt and the screen settings may not be correct.


Article ID: 104173 - Last Review: October 22, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
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