How do I create a shortcut from the command prompt?

A. A. There is a utility supplied with the Windows NT Server Resource Kit Version 4.0 Supplement One (phew) called shortcut.exe which can be used to create .lnk files. The application is quite powerful, and allows you to specify not only the resource to link to, but also an icon etc. An example is shown below

shortcut -t "d:\program files\johnsapp\test.exe" -n "Johns App.lnk" -i "d:\program files\johnicon\icon1.ico" -x 0 -d "e:\johns\data"

What does it mean?

-t this is the location of the resource to be linked to
-n the name of the link file to be created
-i the icon file
-x the icon index to use in the icon file
-d the starting directory for the application once started

You can copy shortcut.exe off of the CD with the resource kit, and it is located in <processor>\desktop (e.g. i386\desktop). There are no other files needed, just shortcut.exe.

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