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I am coming from win xp and trying out win7

there are a couple of cmd shell programs I use regularly in particular mutt (email) and mcabber (im)

if I setup the the shortcut to point directly to the executable I get an error

if I setup the shortcut like this cmd /k path to executable the program runs opening two cmd shells

and when closed leaves a cmd shell open on the desktop.

if possible I would like to explore some other options to run these programs

thank you

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I changed to cmd /c and although it still opens two cmd shell windows both close when i exist the application (mutt) which is better

thanks - also here is the screen error if I just click on the mutt.exe (doesnt matter if run as admin is used) from google i get the impression this is an access violation

Problem signature:

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH

Application Name: mutt.exe

Application Version:

Application Timestamp: 49c8dd75

Fault Module Name: mutt.exe

Fault Module Version:

Fault Module Timestamp: 49c8dd75

Exception Code: c0000005

Exception Offset: 0015a89a

OS Version: 6.1.7600.

Locale ID: 1033

Additional Information 1: 0a9e

Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

Additional Information 3: 0a9e

Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

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I cannot tell you exactly what the problem is, however to run a Unix application in Windows 7 I'd expect you to be using it through a Linux API emulation layer such as Cygwin. However, as far as I'm aware Windows 7 is only supported in the current beta testing version of Cygwin. You are therefore running a beta version of Mutt, which isn't even the most recent version (heavily fixed), through a beta version of your emulation software and getting errors.

I'd suggest that you try to redirect the questions through the beta test channels of your application software.

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