When I start Emacs not from the command line on Windows 10 it creates two windows, not one. Is there any way to make the blue window go away? I usually need 4-5 instances of Emacs running so it clutters up my set up. And No, I, unfortunately, cannot use Linux.

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Instead of using the emacs command, use the runemacs command (which is provided in the Emacs distribution, in the same bin directory as emacs.exe.

emacs is a command-line program that can run Emacs in the text window, or launch the Emacs GUI-- but if it does that, the command-line window remains. runemacs knows about the windowing system, and only launches the Emacs GUI, so the vestigial command-line window is not created.

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    For those of us who do stuff like pin applications to our taskbar, if you pin emacs once it's running you will get a shortcut to emacs.exe, but if you right-click the icon, then right-click on emacs in the pop-up menu, then choose properties, you can change the target of the shortcut to runemacs.exe... now your pinned shortcut will not open the extra window.
    – mlibby
    Dec 4, 2022 at 15:41

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