Microsoft DOS chdir command

Updated: 11/10/2017 by Computer Hope

About chdir

Chdir (Change Directory) is a command used to switch directories in MS-DOS.


The chdir command is an internal command and is available in the below Microsoft operating systems.

All Versions of MS-DOS
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

Chdir syntax

CHDIR [drive:][path]
CD [drive:][path]

Chdir examples


Goes to the highest level, the root of the drive.


Goes back one directory. For example, if you are within the C:\Windows\COMMAND> directory, this would take you to C:\Windows> directory.

Windows 95, Windows 98 and later versions of Windows allow you to go back more than one directory by using three or more dots. For example, typing "chdir..." with three dots after the cd would take you back two directories.

chdir Windows

If present, would take you into the Windows directory. Windows can be substituted with any other name.

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