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I'm trying to build a windows batch file that will copy a folder and all its contents from the local user directory into an individually named folder on a shared server. The name of the folder on the server is something that the computer can't generate; I have to put it in manually according to various parameters.

My question is whether there's a way for me to make the batch file prompt me to select the destination folder from a gui, which would in this case be faster than trying to type a long, complicated, awkward name string from memory.

The end result would be that I get one of these computers, run the batch file from the server (so I don't have to keep copies of it everywhere), find and select the folder for it to copy into, and be done.

What I'm envisioning is a window just like when you download something and have to choose where to save it. Can I do that with a batch file (and if so, how?) or is that too sophisticated?

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What windows OS? –  EBGreen Jul 19 '12 at 20:42
    
It's definitely possible... Do you care if it uses a VBS script, or are you bent on using CMD/BAT? –  Canadian Luke Jul 19 '12 at 20:42
    
set /s ... in cmd/bat? –  Maximus Jul 19 '12 at 20:53
    
Some of the computers use XP and some use 7. –  Josh Jul 20 '12 at 15:25
    
I'm not that particular about languages, as I'd be learning whatever it is on the fly anyway. –  Josh Jul 20 '12 at 15:26

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I would not use a Windows batch file for this.

I would use AutoHotKey which has a file chooser and can run batch commands such as Robocopy for you.

Once you have created your AutoHotKey script, there is a compiler to turn it into a single, stand alone .exe file that is easily distributed wherever you need it without having to install AHK everywhere (search for ahk2exe on this documentation page).

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I'll check that out, thanks a lot! –  Josh Jul 20 '12 at 15:26
    
AutoHotkey's file chooser appears not to be able to find a file server on a network, or at least it can't find the file server on mine. My (probably clumsy) file chooser line: FileSelectFolder, CopyDest, [\\ServerName\Path, 3] Am I doing it wrong? –  Josh Jul 20 '12 at 17:20

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