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Running a .bat file as administrator - Correcting current directory

, 20 Oct 2010 CPOL
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How to set the current directory correctly when running batch scripts as administrator
When you run a batch file as administrator under windows vista and 7 the current directory gets set to C:\windows\system32. This can prevent your scripts from working correctly if you use relative paths.
To fix this problem, include these two lines at the top of your .bat script:
@setlocal enableextensions
@cd /d "%~dp0"
This will change the current directory to the location of the .bat file.
How it works:
@setlocal enableextensions - controls the visibility of environment variables[^] and enables cmd extensions[^].
@cd /d "%~dp0" - Changes the current directory to %~dp0 which is a special batch parameter[^] that expands to the drive and directory that batch file is located in.
%0 expands to the full path and file name of the batch file, adding the ~dp modifier in the middle to make %~dp0 reduces the %0 value to just the drive and path.


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GeneralWherever did you find that ~dp ? Good job ! ;) PinmemberLove Nystrom28-Oct-10 6:39 
GeneralRe: Wherever did you find that ~dp ?Good job ! ;) PinmemberPIEBALDconsult22-Mar-12 13:10 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Tricks like these are stumbled upon ... PinmemberE.F. Nijboer22-Oct-10 13:09 
Reason for my vote of 5
Tricks like these are stumbled upon and you simply know that sharing will help many that were simply not so lucky to ever come across this. Thanks!

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