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When I open an elevated command prompt I am greeted with a strange first line. Instead of the normal:


I am greeted with


This leaves me with "greater-than" > symbol instead of a backslash \. Is this correct?

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Do you just want to set your prompt to $P\ instead of $P$G? Or is there some other problem beyond the cosmetic one? – dsolimano May 3 '12 at 1:52
The default prompt ends with a > and has since DOS times. – Dennis May 3 '12 at 1:58
what are DOS times? and I can not understand how to make commands. I need to make the command *C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc* but I cant with the > – destiny May 3 '12 at 2:01
DOS times means since DOS was the main OS. The '>' shouldn't affect you, it's just cosmetic. And that's not a command, that's a directory. Are you trying to change to that directory? Are you trying to edit a file in that directory? – dsolimano May 3 '12 at 2:03
@Destiny C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc is not a command. Once you open the cmd prompt as admin, type "cd drivers" without the quotes and hit enter. Then, type "cd etc" without the quotes and hit enter, and you will be in C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc – Bon Gart May 3 '12 at 2:08

The command prompt ending with a > seems to be normal. example 1

Example 2

Example 3

I can add more, but those are just random Windows 7 command prompt images I dug up with google.

When I open cmd on W7, it ends with >. When I open it as admin, it ends with >. When I open cmd on XP, it ends with >.

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yes but i can't make any commands ! – destiny May 3 '12 at 2:00
@destiny: What exactly are you trying to do? – Dennis May 3 '12 at 2:05
got it . ! thanks – destiny May 3 '12 at 2:14
Do you really want to put your install key on the internet? ;p – Journeyman Geek May 3 '12 at 4:01
It's not my install key. I just found the image in a google search. That said... I'm sure that it was NOT a good idea for that person to put that image up. – Bon Gart May 3 '12 at 18:15

From the comments, it seems you are trying to execute a command (program, executable) under C:\WINDOWS\system32\. What you are seeing is the prompt, and it shows you the current directory. In Windows, you can run commands in the current directory simply by typing the name, e.g. .\drivers\etc.

By the way, if the command you are trying to run is directly under system32 (so ...\system32\notepad, but not ...\system32\drivers\etc), you can just type the name of the command no matter what your current directory is, e.g. notepad. This is because C:\Windows\system32\ is in your %PATH%.

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