Sym links in Windows CLI

I was just playing on the windows cli, trying to create a shortcut to a mysql binary directory, where I noticed that a shortcut/link to a directory didn’t behave as I initially expected it to do. Enter Jon Coombs on superuser.com:

:\Users\user5\Desktop>mklink /D mysymlink  "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\S
tart Menu\Programs\G"
symbolic link created for mysymlink <<===>> C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Sta
rt Menu\Programs\G

C:\Users\user5\Desktop>cd mysymlink


Because I created my symlink outside of my user directory, I had to create it using administrator privileges and added privileges to my user via advanced security settings.

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