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I need to run a command from CMD, to open CMD in 'C:\Users' or some arbitrary directory. In linux I just use the parameter '--working-directory=' but in windows I can't fid a way to do it.

Also I need to do it in windows xp, vista and 7. Anyone can help?

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Related: – iglvzx Aug 13 '12 at 22:35
up vote 3 down vote accepted

1) You may use following command in cmd prompt

start cmd /k cd /d "C:\users"

2) Or, switch to alternative console ConEmu (I'm the author of it) and run

cmd "-new_console:d:C:\Users"

Some user comments on StackOverflow about it.

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Thanks a lot, it works! Does ConEmu offers extra advantages over cmd? – Topo Aug 13 '12 at 22:29
Yep. ConEmu offers hundreds of useful options :) Tabs, Ansi X3.64, handy text selection, quake mode, palettes, smooth resize, application distinct options, and much more. – Maximus Aug 13 '12 at 22:31

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