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The code below allows to perform a command and capture it's output. The captured output is sent 'real-time' to the Memo parameter. Sending the output 'real-time' to the memo will make the enduser not think the application is hanging while performing the command.

procedure CaptureConsoleOutput(const ACommand, AParameters: String; AMemo: TMemo);
 const
   CReadBuffer = 2400;
 var
   saSecurity: TSecurityAttributes;
   hRead: THandle;
   hWrite: THandle;
   suiStartup: TStartupInfo;
   piProcess: TProcessInformation;
   pBuffer: array[0..CReadBuffer] of Char;
   dRead: DWord;
   dRunning: DWord;
 begin
   saSecurity.nLength := SizeOf(TSecurityAttributes);
   saSecurity.bInheritHandle := True;  
   saSecurity.lpSecurityDescriptor := nil; 
 
   if CreatePipe(hRead, hWrite, @saSecurity, 0) then
   begin    
     FillChar(suiStartup, SizeOf(TStartupInfo), #0);
     suiStartup.cb := SizeOf(TStartupInfo);
     suiStartup.hStdInput := hRead;
     suiStartup.hStdOutput := hWrite;
     suiStartup.hStdError := hWrite;
     suiStartup.dwFlags := STARTF_USESTDHANDLES or STARTF_USESHOWWINDOW;    
     suiStartup.wShowWindow := SW_HIDE; 
 
     if CreateProcess(nil, PChar(ACommand + ' ' + AParameters), @saSecurity,
       @saSecurity, True, NORMAL_PRIORITY_CLASS, nil, nil, suiStartup, piProcess)
       then
     begin
       repeat
         dRunning  := WaitForSingleObject(piProcess.hProcess, 100);        
         Application.ProcessMessages(); 
         repeat
           dRead := 0;
           ReadFile(hRead, pBuffer[0], CReadBuffer, dRead, nil);          
           pBuffer[dRead] := #0; 
 
           OemToAnsi(pBuffer, pBuffer);
           AMemo.Lines.Add(String(pBuffer));
         until (dRead < CReadBuffer);      
       until (dRunning <> WAIT_TIMEOUT);
       CloseHandle(piProcess.hProcess);
       CloseHandle(piProcess.hThread);    
     end; 
 
     CloseHandle(hRead);
     CloseHandle(hWrite);
   end;
end;

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