You can launch the Vivado IDE from Windows or Linux.
Recommended: You can open the Vivado IDE from any directory. However, Xilinx recommends running it from a project directory, because the Vivado IDE log and journal files are written to the launch directory. When running from a command prompt, launch the Vivado IDE from the project directory, or use the vivado -log and -journal options to specify a location. When using a Windows shortcut, you must modify the Start in folder, which is a Property of the shortcut. Alternatively, you can launch the Vivado IDE by double-clicking the project file (.xpr extension) to ensure that the log and journal files are written to the project directory.