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When I run
cmd.exe, the directory I start in is my home directory (
When I pin cmd.exe to the start menu and run it from there the directory I start in is
How can I update the default directory for Windows Command Processor to be my home directory?
A quick note: aside from the difference in default directory, the titles of the windows are also different. cmd.exe has the title "C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe" and when I run it from the pinned menu item it is "Windows Command Processor".