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  1. #1


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    running CMD from C:\windows\system32


    Ok so first off I am a stupid 15 year old so please dont get mad if this question is stupid.
    My problem is that when I hit the windows key and R the Run app pops up and I type cmd however what happens is it runs from C:\Users\Evan instead of C:\windows\system32 can some one please help me fix this?
    A video would be very helpful or just detailed typing THANKS!


    Note: The reason I ask is because before when it ran from C:\windows\system32 the commands like ipconfig worked now they dont running from C:\Users\Evan

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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Do you get the same result or the correct result when clicking on the Command Prompt icon in Start, All Programs, Windows System? The right-click context menu has other choices, sometimes have to choose Run as Administrator. Do you have administrative rights for your log-in?
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    yes i have admin rights. here i link a video of my problem to be more accurate

    here is a video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcBS...ature=youtu.be
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    mine does the same thing . hit the windows key to open start screen type in cmd ,it will open search ,when you see the cmd icon,right click on it and chose run as administrator

    also your utube video want us to sign in
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Note: The reason I ask is because before when it ran from C:\windows\system32 the commands like ipconfig worked now they dont running from C:\Users\Evan
    ipconfig should work every where

    It is a default behaviour if you run it from the RUN box.
    Press Win+X and type A for Admin command prompt. Type C for Regular Command prompt
    and it will default to C:\Windows\System32

    EDIT: FYI, not always you want to run the command in C:\Windows\System32. Normally it is more convenient to run the command and default to the current folder.

    If you wish, you can copy and paste these lines below to a text file and save it as .reg file. Double click to merge into the registry then you have a right click context menu to Open the Admin command in the folder you are currently in:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\runas]
    @="Admin Command Here"
    "NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    "HasLUAShield"=""
    "Position"="Top"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\runas\command]
    @="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""


    Your right click menu should have an entry as shown:

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    Last edited by topgundcp; 05 Oct 2014 at 16:58.
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    all good solutions but still no answer to how this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcBS...fq-wBEGzB0wOmA

    thanks for your time (video should work now)
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    All the Win7 and Win8/8.1 computers I've worked on successfully open the Command Prompt window and run the ipconfig commands at the C:\Users\username> prompt, don't have to change Folders as Windows knows where to find the commands. Seems to be quite normal and doesn't appear to make a difference whether operating system files are hidden or not. It's quite possible for built-in/Windows command not to work if there's infections on the computer, could be a virus, malware, scareware, fake advertising or as NPR/National Public Radio named it a few years ago, malvertising. It's not unknown for infections to disable things to keep the user from removing them or finding solutions to do so.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by bigE View Post
    all good solutions but still no answer to how this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcBS...fq-wBEGzB0wOmA

    thanks for your time (video should work now)
    Video---



    I just put a shortcut to it on the Taskbar.--- One click...

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  9. #9


    San Jose - California
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    As stated above. You should be able to run the ipconfig command anywhere so the problem you have is more than just a command prompt.

    run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Protect, Detect & Remove Malware From Your PC to see if it finds any infection with your PC.

    In addition, From Admin command prompt, run:

    1. dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    2. sfc /scannow
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    ok i see ill just add to task bar i guess i like that idea because i can find the C:\windows\system32 in a search so ill just make that shortcut to it instead of using RUN
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