An easier way to jump to the command prompt from within Windows Explorer is with the Resource Kit tool CMD Prompt Here. To use this tool, you will first need to install it by following these steps:
- Download the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. Note that the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools can be installed on both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems.
- Install the Resource Kit Tools using the default options.
- Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools installation folder (default location is “C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools”).
Locate the cmdhere.inf file and then right-click on cmdhere.inf and select Install.
- Once you’ve installed cmdhere.inf, you will see a change in the Windows Explorer power menu.
To test, open Windows Explorer and then right-click on any folder. You should see a “CMD Prompt Here” option in the right-click power menu. If you select “CMD Prompt Here,” a command shell window will automatically open with the path at the directory that was selected in Windows Explorer.