Systemroot Command (Recovery Console)

How to use the systemroot command in the Windows XP Recovery Console

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The systemroot command is a Recovery Console command that sets the current folder you're working in as the systemroot folder.

systemroot command in Windows Recovery Console

Systemroot Command Availability

The systemroot command is only available from within the Recovery Console in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Systemroot Command Syntax


This command has no additional switches or options.

Systemroot Command Examples


Entering systemroot will set the %systemroot% environment variable to the directory that you type the command from.

For example, if you're working in the C:\Windows directory, the above command will set the %systemroot% environment variable to C:\Windows.

Entering echo %SystemRoot% in Command Prompt displays the path the variable is currently set to.

Systemroot vs Root Folder

The systemroot command is different from a root folder/directory. That term refers to the "highest" directory in a folder structure, but it isn't used as a command like systemroot is.

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