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How can I create an icon\shortcut to a script that opens cmd.exe command prompt at a certain location on a certain drive under Win7?

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

i don't know in windows 7, but in windows xp and previous:

  • create a shortcut to c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe
  • right-click -> properties
  • in the "start in" write the desired target folder (e.g. f:\aviv\geffen)

click ok, and there you go.

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This is the best answer to the question I've asked, however the /K based approach in my answer is more flexible, e.g. cd somewhere and then run a script or two. – Jonathan Jan 5 '12 at 18:54

Create a shortcut to cmd.exe, then go to its properties and edit the Target:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /K "D: & cd eclipse"

This would first change the current directory to D: and then cd into eclipse folder

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So, you found the answer to your own question then? :) – Oldskool Jan 3 '12 at 13:44
Or change the value in the "Start in:" field to the drive and folder you wish to start CMD.EXE in. The default value is %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH% which can be configured to be otherwise. – Isxek Jan 3 '12 at 13:44
@Oldskool - yup :) – Jonathan Jan 3 '12 at 15:27
A better way of expressing the command would be "cd /d d:\eclipse". – BillP3rd Jan 4 '12 at 13:58
You should mark this as the answer to the question so people don't attempt to answer it. – Ramhound Jan 4 '12 at 14:09

Within Windows 7 you can just hold down the Shift key when right clicking a location and the Open Command Window Here option will then appear in the right-click menu. The starting location (path) is your right-click destination!

For previous versions of Windows, I came across this plug-in which inserts a 'Open Command Prompt' option into the right click menu - it will open it in the current folder/multiple command prompts in multiple locations with just a few clicks.

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This doesn't answer the actual question of doing this from within a script. And furthermore since Win7 there's no need for a plugin, just hold down the Shift key when right clicking a location and the "Open command window here" option will then appear in the menu. – Oldskool Jan 3 '12 at 13:59
You should've posted that as an answer then, i'm pretty sure the OP is totally unaware of this feature - as was i. I'll edit my answer to contain it. – HaydnWVN Jan 4 '12 at 10:58
It doesn't read that the OP is using a script, he asked if a script was the solution – HaydnWVN Jan 5 '12 at 11:12
This is exactly what i was searching for. Thanks for the tip. – Jayy Feb 3 at 15:04

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