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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Changing directory in which command window opens

For some reason my command prompt always opened up on my mapped network drive. That was probably because the network drive was set as my home or something. It was the sys-admins work about which I did not have any clue.

Every time I had to change to my local disk drive and then navigate to the directory I wanted. Also the network drive caused a lot of delay when it was not available, making my PC freeze at times and there by making me very irritated. So I finally decided to get rid of the network drive. But I couldn't and I had to settle for changing the default location in which the command window opens. The link below has all the details for doing the needful. As usual with windows its a registry value :-)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Command Processor
              |____ Autorun =

How to change the default startup directory for Command Prompt?

BTW, It mentions that this setting will render the "Open Command Window Here" XP PowerToy. Nothing like that happened to me, at least not yet. So you can be assured that both of these will work in harmony.

Happy Commanding. ;-)

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