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in linux ~/Desktop is a shortcut for /path/to/my/desktop/ is there a windows equivalent?

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Yes in fact.

%USERPROFILE%\Desktop
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You may want to put quotes around that in practical usage, as the %userprofile% path often has spaces in it (i.e. C:\documents and settings\ ). – nhinkle Dec 29 '10 at 18:44
    
@nhinkle Only in XP and 2k. – digitxp Dec 29 '10 at 18:58
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True, but usernames can have spaces too. It's not critical to the answer, but I thought I'd add the note for people reading this question in the future. – nhinkle Dec 29 '10 at 19:07

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