LOL I dumped it tonight and replaced it with this much much better shell extension instead, thanks to a discovery by Code65536. But sadly for me (as with BackgroundCMD) I discovered that this also will not work in Xplorer2 (which I use as a my replacement file browser).
Be advised that some of you might not like what I have done with this installer, but I'll explain why I did it this way. I noticed that the native uninstaller for this does NOT give you a prompt to ask if you want to remove it, which really bugged me because it also runs silently so if you accidentally uninstalled it there is nothing to indicate this until the next time you go to open a CMD prompt with it.
So what I have done is to use some postsetup scripting to DELETE the programs native uninstall reg section (which it automatically generates when the shell dll file is registered) and replaced it with my own custom uninstall section which does have the uninstall prompt. And another nifty thing I notice is that my one does not add a PendingFileRenameOperation which requires a reboot to complete uninstallation - it just automagically removes the dll from shellext directory.
Anyhoo, I think those of you who use native windoze explorer as your file browser will really appreciate this one, so here yagoo peeps.... the BackgroundCMD addon that the addon fairy godmother transformed into Kai Liu's Open Command Prompt at midnite.... AND this one's open source too! YAY!!!
Open Command Prompt v1.0.3
SIZE: 43 KB
Description: Open command prompt from shell in any directory
Op System: Windows 2000, XP & 2003 (x86 only)
Title: Open Command Prompt
License: Open Source
Installs to: "%system32%\shellext"
Uninstaller: Removes shell menu, dll and reg entries
What is the Open Command Prompt Shell Extension?
The Open Command Prompt Shell Extension adds an "Open Command Prompt" menu item to the context menus (right-click menus) in Windows Explorer so that you can open a command prompt in the selected directory (or directories) or in the current directory that you are viewing. The Open Command Prompt Shell Extension is very lightweight (only 16 KiB installed!), supports network paths, is available in multiple languages, and is open-source.
How is this different from Microsoft's Open Command Window Here PowerToy?
The Open Command Prompt Shell Extension was created primarily to address the shortcomings of the Open Command Window Here PowerToy. If you already have the Open Command Window Here PowerToy installed, you should uninstall it before installing the Open Command Prompt Shell Extension. Improvements include:
1. The ability to open a command prompt in the directory that you are currently in by right-clicking on any empty screen space in the directory. This eliminates the need to navigate up a level in order to open a command prompt in the current directory.
2. Support for opening command prompts with UNC paths (directories on network shares).
3. Support for multiple languages.
How is this different from BackgroundCMD?
The Open Command Prompt Shell Extension offers these improvements over BackgroundCMD:
1. All-in-one functionality: BackgroundCMD only opens command prompts for the current directory, so in order to open a command prompt for a subdirectory, it had to be combined the Open Command Window Here PowerToy.
2. Support for Unicode paths.
3. Much smaller size: The final installed size is only 16 KiB, and this was achieved without any PE packing!
May the source be with you!
PS: On second thoughts, I decided to leave Neer's one available as well, but I shan't be maintaining it anymore OK
[Edit 2007/09/25] Replaced Neer Roggel's BackgroundCMD Shell dll with Kai Liu's Open Command Prompt and added some custom postsetup tweaks