Strange DOS behavior on Windows 7 - what's all this then?


  1. Posts : 469
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    Strange DOS behavior - current directory changes out from under me


    Hi guys,

    OK, first i'll admin i'm a bit of an old f'rt having used Windows and DOS since not long after fire was invented, but the fluoride dumping may be getting to my brain, as I cannot figure out why DOS is behaving this way....

    At a DOS prompt, I should always be able to see the current directory, but something seems to be magically changing me to C:\windows\system32 instead (and back again! Hobbits beware!)

    I noticed this sometime recently when I was getting a directory list of files and somehow it magically changed directories. I have to say I know this was not the normal behavior, but cannot attribute any changes on the PC to this problem.

    In the attached picture you see I was in the C:\bin folder and performed a dos DIR command when low and behold I get a list of file (file not found in this case) for the c:\windows\system32 folder instead.
    I change directory (CD) back to C:\bin and think to myself, strange... what if I just press enter?
    Low and behold, pressing enter has the strange behavior of toggling me between these two folders.

    WHAT THE Fine operating environment is going on here? SOMETHING needs to be fixed.

    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

    UPDATE: This only seems to happen when I configure properties to specify my "start in" directory of C:\bin
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    Last edited by soho1; 14 Sep 2014 at 09:52.
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  2. Posts : 469
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    Thread Starter
       #2

    bump. Yes I have checked for usual suspects. No viruses found.
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    There is no attached image.
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  4. Posts : 2,292
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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    Try right clicking cmd and choosing "Run as administrator"...
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  5. Posts : 469
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    Gornot said:
    Try right clicking cmd and choosing "Run as administrator"...
    Yes, I do, run as administrator.
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  6. Posts : 469
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    LMiller7 said:
    There is no attached image.
    Sorry. Attached now.

    The screen was produced with the following keyboard commands:
    dir drives*.*[enter]
    cd \bin[enter]
    [enter]
    [enter]
    [enter]
    [enter]
    [enter]
    [enter]
    ...
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