Alternate System(); Command

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    Alternate System(); Command

    Is there a way in C to execute a statement (for example, another .exe file) without using system();?

    I want it to execute the program, which will open another .exe, and then terminate. System(); waits for the program to end before the program terminates. Is there a way around waiting for the program to terminate?

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    Check out the exec() family of calls (exec(), execl(), execlp, ...).
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    7. It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.
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    Thank you.

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    Okay, thanks for the FAQ about it, but whenever I use one of those commands, no new program pops up. The only one it works with for me is the system(); command. Any idea's why?

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    whenever I use one of those commands, no new program pops up. The only one it works with for me is the system(); command. Any idea's why?
    Post your code.

    It shouldn't open a new window anyway, but open it in the same window.
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    No need to. I finally got it to work. Turns out you can use the system(); command and not have to wait for it to complete it's task.

    Code:
    char cmd[50];
    sprintf(cmd, "start \"path_to_program\"");
    system(cmd);

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