What is the MS-DOS path for the Windows Desktop?

Windows Vista and 7 users

The Desktop is located in the below directory path. In the example below, you would replace the (username) with the name of the profile you use to log into Windows.

c:\Users\(username)\Desktop

Tip: To access the DOS command prompt, click the Start button, type cmd in the Search programs and files text field, then press Enter.

Often when opening the command prompt window, you'll automatically be placed into the (username) directory. Therefore you'll only need to type cd desktop to get into the desktop.

Windows DOS command prompt windowWindows 2000, 2003 and XP users

The Desktop is located in the below directory path. In the examples below, you would replace the (username) with the name of the profile you use to log into Windows.

c:\documents and settings\(username)\desktop

or

c:\docume~1\(username)\desktop

Tip: To access the DOS command prompt, click the Start button, click Run, type cmd in the Run text field, then press Enter.

Often when opening the command prompt window, you'll automatically be placed into the (username) directory. Therefore you'll only need to type cd desktop to get into the desktop.

If you're in any other directory, you would need to type cd \docu~1\(username)\desktop to get into the desktop.

Windows 98, 95, and ME users

When entering the MS-DOS prompt, you should automatically be placed into the desktop directory. However, for those users who are not or need to know where the desktop directory is for these versions of Windows, it is the below path.

c:\windows\desktop

Additional information

  • See the desktop and path definitions for further information and related links.