Opening a console window (click start->run and type "cmd") and typing the following starts my application DefineVariables.bat&&start /D%_HOME_APP% AMain.exe -ip 127.0.0.1 I would like to add this set of operations to a shortcut with a nice looking icon so I tried modifying it slightly and insert the below into a shortcut but it does not work. %windir%system32\cmd.exe /K Cdev\DefineVariables.bat&&start /D %_HOME_APP% AMain.exe -ip 127.0.0.1 but then I get "Windows cannot find 'AMain.exe'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file..." Have tried using different parameters but it has not made any difference. Inside DefineVariables.bat _HOME_APP is defined like this set _HOME_APP="%PROGRAMFILES%\Abb version2\bin" Any ideas why this does not work?