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I tried this in my shortcut target input field but it doesn't work. The dialog box gives me an error message invalid path? "C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C start /high /affinity 3 D:\The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim\skse_loader.exe". Notice the spaces in the pathname. Is this the space character that need to be escaped?

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Problem solved. The start option need a title to work: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C START "Skyrim" /high /affinity 3 "D:\The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim\skse_loader.exe"

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Please mark this as the accepted answer to your question. – screener Dec 26 '11 at 23:56

From your path

"C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C start /high /affinity 3 D:\The/ Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim\skse_loader.exe"

The following part, and especially the slash seems to be most suspicious, since it is not allowed in path:

D:\The/ Elder

I would re-write your target using the short 8.3 name (it is the fake name in the example just to show what it should like):

"C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe" /C start /high /affinity 3 D:\TheElde~1\skse_l~1.exe

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I'm sorry, I was too fast. I've tried to escaped the space character with the slash character but I forget to delete in my question. About your suggesting it doesn't work. The path opens a terminal with the path but it is not starting the program. – Phpdevpad Dec 26 '11 at 19:16
Try converting your long path into short one and you won't need the quotes. You can use dir /x to see the short paths: you'll need that for your Elder Scroll folder and for executable only. – Alexander Galkin Dec 26 '11 at 19:32
Thanks, start option needs a title. – Phpdevpad Dec 26 '11 at 19:44

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