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I normally open the command line prompt to use Visual Studio tools, so running 'vcvarsall.bat' in the command line is the first thing that I normally do.

How can I automatize this? I mean, how can I run a batchfile automatically to setup environment whenever a command line shell is invoked?

Visual Studio provides a shortcut in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Visual Studio 2010\Visual Studio Tools named 'Visual Studio Command Prompt (2010)' to do the setup environment for me. I thought about running this instead of command line, but the start in directory is fixed to the directory in VS2010, so I don't think that's a good idea.

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If you want a shortcut that will open a command prompt, run a batch file and then stay in the command prompt you can use CMD's /K switch:

/K - Carries out the command specified by string but remains

So create a shortcut (either on the desktop, or via the right-click setup mentioned in the answer to the other question you linked) and set the command/target to something like:

cmd /K "c:\PathToBatch\vcvarsall.bat"


Based on techie007's answer, I could use regedt32 to change the registry to run the batchfile with /K option.

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Right Click on My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings.

Choose the Advanced tab and then click Environment Variables.

Edit and /or add User variables.

Now, whenever you open a shell, these varaibles will be set.

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