Command Prompt Tweaks - Allow UNC Paths at the Command Prompt

The Command Processor normally checks and disallows UNC names from being used for the current directory in the Command Prompt as they may cause problems with launched child processes. This tweak can be used to allow UNC paths and remove the warning message.

To do this follow the next steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor click on the Start button on your taskbar, then click on Run and type "regedit" and click on OK to start the regedit utility.
  2. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor (see picture 1).
    Picture 1
  3. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "DisableUNCCheck" and set it according to the value data above.
  4. The modifications you made will be in effect after you logout or reboot your PC.

Note: If you enable this feature and start a Console that has a current directory of an UNC name, start applications from that Console, and then close the Console, it could cause problems in the applications started from that Console.


Lex van der Horst

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