When you try to run a .bat or .cmd file from Explorer or by using the Run command on the Start menu, you see a command window open and then close immediately. If you could read the message it would say:
This command is not recognized as an internal or external command.
The .bat or .cmd file will work fine if you open a command prompt window, go to the directory, and run the file.
The .bat or .cmd file is located in a directory that has one of the following characters in the directory name or a parent directory name:
@ & ^ ( )
NOTE: If you use the Run command on the Start menu, the at symbol (@) does not cause this problem.
Change the parent directory name so that it does not use one of those characters.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Windows NT version 4.0. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.
Article ID: 171651 - Last Review: Oct 31, 2006 - Revision: 1