Command line prompt (aka cmd.exe) that is distributed by default with windows is by far the worst implementation of a shell that i have ever seen (maybe the famous command.com is worse).
I cannot completely uninstall Windows XP this time period, so i installed
cygwin to be a little more productive. Then the problem occured, cygwin uses by
default the cmd interpreter. But the solution was found (thanks dimitris and panagiotis for the pointers),
three alternative shells: