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Windows 7: Move cmd.exe to improve computer speed

01 May 2015   #1
BobertTheBob

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Move cmd.exe to improve computer speed

A friend of mine, when setting up my custom build computer 2 years ago with an SSD, moved cmd.exe to a partition named "Z:", which was on the same physical disk as the OS drive. He also programmed the computer to look in that place, which would, in effect, reduce the amount of time it took the computer to search for cmd.exe and then allow applications to open much faster than normal. Unfortunately, my computer got a malware virus and I had to reinstall windows, and in the process removing the Z drive. Does anyone know how to do something like this? Thanks in advance!


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01 May 2015   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I don't think moving the cmd.exe will buy you anything at all - especially on a SSD.
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01 May 2015   #3
BobertTheBob

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It did. Google Chrome would open up instantaneously, and now it doesn't. And I do know that my speeds are already greatly improved because I'm using an SSD. I remember have cmd.exe as the only file on the Z partition. Do you know how to move it?
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01 May 2015   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If your Google Chrome does not open instantaneously from a SSD, then you have another problem. Mine does and I have not monkeyed around with the cmd.exe.

Search times on SSDs are the same to any part of the SSD. This is not like on HDDs where position may play a role.
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01 May 2015   #5
BobertTheBob

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well thanks for the help anyways. It takes about 2 seconds to load. It seemed like it was faster before.
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01 May 2015   #6
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

cmd.exe has nothing to do with Google Chrome.
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01 May 2015   #7
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

It's possible that your friend created a small RAM drive with drive letter Z: then copied cmd.exe to it. He could then have set Z:\ as the first search location in the PATH environment variable. I can't say that doing so would significantly speed up your computer, especially if cmd.exe is currently on an ssd.
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01 May 2015   #8
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Where a file is located on the hard drive makes almost no difference in how fast it is loaded. For an SSD there is no difference at all. Except for contrived settings it is almost impossible to measure the difference. This has been attempted to improve the performance of such things as the pagefile but the results are usually counterproductive, not that anyone was able to tell the difference anyway.
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