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how to get command prompt to open in userprofile

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    how to get command prompt to open in userprofile


    lam using windows 8. At first when l was opening command prompt it was using C:\Users\Software Developer> (Software Developer is my computer name) and l could easily access my desktop usingC:\Users\Software Developer>cd.. desktop

    l dont know what happened, now the command prompt by default is on c:\windows\systems32> if you enter dir it shows all the files on systems32.

    l want to get it back to C:\Users\Software Developer> so that l can access my desktop easily, and l know it has something to do with the Environment variables path/settings. Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello ZNYAZO, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you opening an elevated command prompt instead?

    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Thank you Brink, l didnt know that there are two types of command prompt, the elevated command prompt - which opens with the c:\windows\systems32> and the normal command prompt which opens with c:\users\*computer name>

    l have been trying to solve this thing for the past two days THANK YOU Brink.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  5. #5


    Any way to change the default directory while opening a Elevated Command Prompt? I just asked this in Ten Foruns but what ever works in 8.1 would also work in 10 so ...

    Get elevated command prompt to open in my user directory - Windows 10 Forums

    I got a working method using the Context Menu but would still like to be able to modify the Command Prompt.
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  6. #6


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I've already answered in 10 Forum but here's it is again:

    Create a shortcut with:
    C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe /K cd %USERPROFILE%
    and set to run as Admin

    Here's the shotcut:
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  7. #7


    That is purely lovely!!!! Works a treat.

    Many thanks.
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