SHORTCUT.EXE Does Not Accept Pathnames In Command Line

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Symptoms

If you use the command line to direct SHORTCUT.EXE to a .LNK file within the directory structure, such as the following command from the command prompt:

SHORTCUT -S C:\DIR1\DIR2\SHCUT.LNK

SHORTCUT.EXE may return an error message similar to the following:
Error: Unable to find C:\DIR1\SHCUT.LNK

Cause

SHORTCUT.EXE does not correctly interpret path names when the -S switch is used.

Workaround

Change to the directory containing the .LNK file before executing SHORTCUT.EXE.

Status

Microsoft Press has confirmed this to be a problem in the books listed at the beginning of this article. We are researching this problem and will post new information as soon as it becomes available.

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Steps to Reproduce the Behavior



  1. Create a valid .LNK file as C:\DIR1\DIR2\SHCUT.LNK.
  2. From the C:\ prompt, type SHORTCUT -S C:\DIR1\DIR2\SHCUT.LNK.
    The following error message will be displayed:
    Error: unable to find C:\DIR1\SHCUT.LNK
  3. From the C:\ prompt, type SHORTCUT -S \DIR1\DIR2\SHCUT.LNK.
    The following error message will be displayed:
    Error: unable to find \DIR1\DIR2\SHCUT.LNK
  4. From the C:\ prompt, type CD \DIR1\DIR2.
  5. Type SHORTCUT -S SHCUT.LNK. No error will be displayed.

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Article ID: 254493 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
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