START *command

#1
With this alias
Code:
v:\> alias dir
*dir /a /p /m /k /h /ne
I can "START DIR" and I get a new console in which the alias is executed.

"*dir" works in the current instance to give the built-in DIR command.

But if I try to START "*DIR", I get an error I don't understand.
Code:
v:\> start *dir
TCC: (Sys) The system cannot find the file specified.
 "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\*DIR.EXE"
What's going on there?
 
#4
START thinks you're looking for an executable name ending in "DIR".
It seems odd that START would use wildcards. START's help doesn't mention it. And it doesn't work even if a matching file exists.
Code:
v:\> start *pconfig
TCC: (Sys) The system cannot find the file specified.
 "C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\*PCONFIG.EXE"