We came with a scenario where we have to use Shortcut file (
.lnk), which is on the desktop, to execute an application for a headless device (i.e, without manual intervention).
Is there any way to execute it from Command prompt?
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The above solutions didn't work for me in 2017, so I experimented a bit.
It turns out that Windows (10 atleast) does make a distinction between shortcuts that link to a local path and shortcuts that are an url. What I found was that
So a shortcut to
https://superuser.com/ would have the suffix
.url while a shortcut to
C:\Windows or to special locations like
Control Panel would have the suffix
If you want to execute the shortcut simply type
shortcut.suffix in the cmd prompt where
.suffix is the suffix according to the rule above. You must first
cd to the folder containing your shortcut or enter the full path to the file. In your case
entered into either the run dialog box (invoked via
Win + R) or the cmd prompt would do the trick.
Windows and it's inconveniences.
First, find the location of the shortcut from which you start a cmd.exe shell. Right-click on the shortcut and choose "Properties". Look on the "General" tab and copy the "Location:" value.
Use the shortcut to start a reset window.
START "" "C:\Users\lit\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\cmd.exe.lnk" /K CD /D "%CD%" & EXIT