Hidden Start - run apps in the background

2017-Jun-23 | Tags: adminbootntwinduacwin10-64bitwin8-64bit

Start64!Console applications and batch scripts are regularly run at Windows startup and in schedule. The main inconvenience of this is that every application creates a new console window which flickers on the screen. Hidden Start (or Hstart) is a small startup manager that allows console applications to be started without any windows in the background and much more. Hstart is usually started by entering the following command line:

hstart /NOCONSOLE "batch_file_1.bat" "batch_file_2.bat" "batch_file_3.bat"

Hstart is very effective if you are using console utilities for everyday tasks: daily backups, automatic source code compilation and code signing. Please read the examples section below to see how it works out.


Hstart 64-Bit Edition


Hstart is very small (~12 Kb), but it allows you to:

  • start multiple applications in the specified order synchronously;
  • start console applications without any windows in the background;
  • set the working directory and priority class of the created processes;
  • handle UAC privilege elevation under Windows Vista;
  • show simple messages after command execution.


Hstart 64-Bit Edition
Hidden Start - 64bit software