command line - Can't see CMD.EXE on Windows 7

  • Andrea

    I have a problem with Windows 7 and cmd.exe with these conditions:

    • Logon as non admin user
    • Launch cmd.exe

    I can see cmd.exe in task manager but it's invisible in the desktop and I don't know what to do, everything is fine and I can see cmd.exe if I do login with an admin account. I can see it in the "Process" tab but not in the "Application" tab, and if I launch five cmd.exe's, I see five processes, but from that tab I have no "Bring to front" or "Maximise"

    I can't find any WOW folder under C:\Windows, even with show hidden and system files enabled.

    I'm running Windows 7 32-bit running on a 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo E7500

  • Answers
  • Synetech

    The Window has been set to invalid screen coordinates, but it is easy to fix:

    1. Click the command-prompt button the taskbar
    2. Press the following keys:
      1. Alt+Space
      2. S
      3. Any of the arrow keys (e.g., )
    3. Move the mouse (the command-prompt window should now be on screen)
    4. Save the new position by pressing the following keys:
      1. Alt+Space
      2. P
      3. Enter or Return

    Now close the command-prompt and open another one. The window should be on screen.

    (Note, the method above for saving the position exploits a bug in Windows 7. You can select Defaults in the context-menu instead of Properties if Microsoft ever decides to fix the bug. Also, for Windows XP, you can do the same actions, but must select Modify shortcut that started this window after pressing Enter.)

  • byte_slave

    Ok. Try to search it inside the WOW folder under Windows folder. When u run win7 32bits inside a 64bits machine, the windows creates a folder called WOW (Windows on Windows) where it stores some of the 32 bits applications. Try it and

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  • Tom Wijsman

    In the Network Sharing Center on Windows 7, you need to put on the compatibility mode for Windows XP.

    Standard, I believe it's set not to be compatible with Windows XP computers...

  • Peter Walker

    I had a similar problem, this made it work for me.

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    Unfortunately, I was unable to find a proper solution within the timeframe. We ended up installing 7 on the laptop too.

  • Marc-Andre R.

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  • theheadofabroom

    You might have a problem with the Server and/or "Computer Browser" services, in which case just restarting those services will solve all your ills.