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Changing command prompt drive 15 years 1 month ago #1806

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When I open up cmd on windows XP it first goes to my X: drive ,that doesn't exisit

Is it possible to change what drive the cmd goes to eg C:\
is it stored in the regsitry etc...


Re: Changing command prompt drive 15 years 1 month ago #1807

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Does this happen when you open the command prompt from "start-->run-->cmd" or when you double click at an existing shortcut to the 'dos prompt' ?
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Re: Changing command prompt drive 15 years 1 month ago #1809

Very simple solution, if you have a shortcut for it then just right click it and go to properties. By default it starts in %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%, but you can change the 'Start in' section to whatever you want.

for my %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH% translates to :

C:\Documents and Settings\Firestarter


You can also get Powertoys for XP which has a nice little 'open command prompt here' shell addon. Basically if you right click any drive / folder in explorer, it gives you the option of opening a command prompt in that directory. Very useful.
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Command line autocomplete 15 years 1 month ago #1841

There is also a nifty little utility that will allow you to auto complete [sort of ] your command line.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Command Processor

Right click on CompletionChar
DWORD change that to 9

restart and you are done. Pressing tab in the command line can complete the next match of the command that you are typing.

Just another thing to play with.....

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