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26-Oct-2007, 10:58 PM #1
Help! Run>CMD will not get me to C:\
Whenever I access "Run" then enter "CMD", I get C:\Documents and Settings/user. I'm obviously trying to access the "C" drive alone but cannot. I've been through the Search; perhaps my search description/terminology is incorrect so cannot find the solution.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
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26-Oct-2007, 11:03 PM #2
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26-Oct-2007, 11:05 PM #3
Mine too. Just type cd\ at the prompt and it will drop you into the c:\> nomatter what directory you're in.
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26-Oct-2007, 11:08 PM #4
Dr. Chauncey Please start a new thread your might be a totally different fix and it is difficult to keep track of two peoples problems in one thread.
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27-Oct-2007, 12:05 AM #5
Dr. Chauncey is correct if this is XP. 98SE started you at C but XP does not. You have to type cd\ at the prompt. That puts you in C:

I was very puzzled about this when I moved from 98SE to XP several years ago. I too could not find an answer in Help for XP or doing a search on Google, etc. I finally had to ask in the Microsoft Help forum at my home site. It's because XP is a multiuser OS and while there could be more than one user registered on 98SE it was basically not a multiuser OS.
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27-Oct-2007, 12:09 AM #6
I read his problem as he wants the cmd windows to open at C:\

He just needs to learn the darn DOS commands.
Or he could load the XP Power Toy "Open Cmd Window here"
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx
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27-Oct-2007, 05:57 AM #7
Right click on the shortcut for the command window on the start menu.

Select Properties.

In the "Start in" field, just enter:

c:\
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27-Oct-2007, 07:40 PM #8
What shortcut for the command window on the start menu? I don't have any such shortcut. I can reach the command window only from Start/run/cmd. I have XP Pro SP2. I looked at Customize Start Menu (Classic View of course...can't stand XP cartoon look LOL) to see if at some time I had deleted that short cut but no. I have never seen such a shortcut.

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27-Oct-2007, 07:45 PM #9
It's in All Programs>Accessories... Usually. But changing the "start in" field will only work for this shortcut, accessing it from run will still drop you in C:\Documents and Settings\%username%>. Run calls cmd.exe from the Windows\system32 folder, but there is no "start in" field in the properties of the actual program. oh well. cd\ will have to work for now.
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27-Oct-2007, 08:13 PM #10
You could also click start, my computer, Local Drive C:, Windows folder, system 32 folder.

Right-click cmd.exe, point to Send to, and click Desktop (create Shortcut).

Right click the shortcut, left click properties, and on the Shortcut Tab, in the Start In line, type C:\ (as suggested by Rollin' Rog...

Now you'll have a shortcut on your desktop which opens a command window at the root of the C: drive.
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27-Oct-2007, 08:53 PM #11
Thanks Chauncy. I found it but I don't want to access it from Accessories. I like accessing the command window from Run but I don't like where it starts.

The Hound, I tried that and then tried putting the shortcut on the Start Menu. That doesn't work. But I was able to do the second best thing and put it on Quick Start (which I use a great deal) and from there it starts at C:\.
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27-Oct-2007, 09:41 PM #12
Don't know why you couldn't pin it to the start menu -- that's what I do -- but quicklaunch is good too and even quicker if you use it a lot.

The context menu for the command in accessories allows you to pin or unpin from the start menu.
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28-Oct-2007, 05:28 AM #13
Maybe because of classic start I can't pin it? Right click on the command in Accessories gave me only "send to Desktop" which I did and then I opened Start/Properties/Customize and added it to Start. When it was a shortcut on the Desktop, it opened to C:\ but strangely, when I added it to Start, it opened to C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe.
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