Get to root dos prompt in WinXP

By jterra3 ยท 6 replies
Sep 29, 2006
  1. In WinXP when I need to get to the dos prompt. I click on program files then accessories then command prompt. However it defaults to c:\documents and settings\name. How can I get it to go directly to root prompt C:\. This is probably an easy solution but any help would be appreciated.
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    I doubt u can set it to go to C:\ on startup but for an easy way to do it after u've brought up the Command Prompt, type cd\. Remember it's a backslash, not a frontslash. It will take u directly to C:\.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can modify the the shortcut in accessories to start up somewhere else. See the properties, "start in" box.
  4. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    when you get to the c:\documents.......whatever,
    type this command and enter until you get to just c:\
    cd .. (that's cd followed by two dots)
    it will get you to the root
  5. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Posts: 441

    select start/programs/accessories/command prompt and create a shortcut on your desktop
    right click on the shortcut that you created on yoru desktop and select properties
    on the "start in" box, type c:
    this will always get you to the c: root
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Like most things Windows, there's a registry hack.

    • Start > Run > regedit.exe
    • Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Command Processor
    • Create a new String Value named 'Autorun'. Change the data in this value to cd \

    The 'Autorun' value contains a command that is run at cmd.exe startup. cd \ just gets you back to C:\, but you can change that path to whatever you'd like. :)
  7. jterra3

    jterra3 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help
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