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Hello,

When I launch cmd.exe on my XP SP2 (via Start | Run), the current directory is my Home Directory; I get this :

Microsoft Windows XP [version 5.1.2600]

© Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

D:\Documents and Settings\Guillaume>

How can I set up Windows to open cmd.exe in another directory (C:\ or anything else) ?

Thanx,

Guillaume.

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@baywatch - That URL is bad.

@Guillaume_fr - Also, it is done via the SET HOMEPATH option.

if you open the command box and type SET then hit return.

What is your homepth, and change as needed.

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I have

HOMEDRIVE=d:

HOMEPATH=\Documents and Settings\Guillaume

If I make

> set HOMEDRIVE="C:"

> set HOMEPATH="\"

The next time I'll launch cmd.exe my HOMEDRIVE and HOMEPATH will be "d:" and "\Documents ..."

So, how can I make my changes persistants ?

And won't there have any other effects ?

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Heres what I use to make the path in the Dir it executes on.

This gives you right click on all Files/Folders and DOS HERE appears. Click it and opens the cmd prompt with path in dir of containing. That Microsoft one is useless to me.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\cmd]
@="DOS HERE"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\cmd\command]
@="cmd.exe \\\"%1\\\""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd]
@="DOS HERE"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd\command]
@="cmd.exe /k \"cd %L\\\""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd]
@="DOS HERE"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\cmd\command]
@="cmd.exe /k \"cd %L\\\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\cmd]
@="DOS HERE"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\cmd\command]
@="cmd.exe /k \"cd %L\\\""

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BTW if you right click on a file on the desktop it will give you what you had. Anywhere else its the actual path

E:\_beta.microsoft.com>

C:\UnattendXP>

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maxXPsoft, I'm already using it (And it works).

I'd like to be on C:\ when opening cmd.exe

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Hmm I tried cmdinit.bat but no joy to do that. I'm not sure then a way to get it there. You could use that above and just click the C: drive and click Dos Here. I get

C:\>

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this probably doesn't help but using /K parameter you can set the directory when you call cmd

cmd.exe /k cd "C:\"

opens cmd pointed to C:\

although if you always want cmd to point to C:\ and you use a shortcut to call cmd

you could just put that in the shortcut? just an idea

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Hello,

When I launch cmd.exe on my XP SP2 (via Start | Run), the current directory is my Home Directory; I get this :

             Microsoft Windows XP [version 5.1.2600]

             © Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

            

             D:\Documents and Settings\Guillaume>

How can I set up Windows to open cmd.exe in another directory (C:\ or anything else) ?

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="C: && cd \\"

Voilà :)

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[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="C: && cd \\"

Voilà :)

That should read:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="C: && cd \"

Note the single backslash. Otherwise you get an error (surprise...:P). Thanks for this though! Very nice!

Cheers!

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Note the single backslash. Otherwise you get an error (surprise...:P). Thanks for this though! Very nice!

Yes, single backslash if you enter the value directly into the registry. Mine is extracted from a .reg file, so double backslash are required.

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What about this?

REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor" /v AutoRun /d "%%SystemDrive%%" /f

or in reg format

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="%SystemDrive%"

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What about this?
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor" /v AutoRun /d "%%SystemDrive%%" /f

or in reg format

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="%SystemDrive%"

That sounds good, except that if you want C:\mydir as default, but your system is on D:, that won't work :)

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That sounds good, except that if you want C:\mydir as default, but your system is on D:, that won't work :)
None of the examples given to date used C:\mydir. In fact if you want C:\mydir, your example(s) will not work either.

The original questioner also only asked

I'd like to be on C:\ when opening cmd.exe
Since most users C: drive is also the %SystemDrive%, I gave that as an alternative, because in that scenario you don't need the && cd etc..

If you would like to explain the probability of someone installing their system on D: and running the cmd shell, very likely located at D:\WINDOWS\system32 or D:\WINNT\system32 to access root at C:, which will very likely belong to another OS! (How many people create a 'data' drive as C: and then install the OS to D:)

In your case, (as given in your quote above), all you should need would be

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="cd /d c:\\mydir"

or in a case where you have spaces in your chosen path. (The additional quotes may not be necessary if you have command extensions enabled)

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"="cd /d \"c:\\my dir\""

By the way, if anyone is testing these without having first backed up the key, to return to the default setting use this

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor]
"AutoRun"=""

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