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

Windows DOS command prompt windowWindows 2000, 2003, XP, and Vista 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



Often when entering the command prompt by clicking Start, Run, and typing either cmd or command 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.


Additional information

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