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Discussion in 'A+' started by robbo1962, May 21, 2006.

  1. robbo1962

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    Hi all i am having a problem with systemroot, in the MM book (page 508) it says if you don't know where Windows is installed on a system look in the SystemRoot by going to a command prompt, am i right in thinking you do this by doing RUN type command ENTER. then typing cd %SystemRoot% ENTER. Doing this just gives me an invalid directory Any help would be much appreciated.
     
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  2. robbo1962

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    That should say page 508
     
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  3. Malnomates

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    You need to specify the command for 'change directory' in your command prompt window and follow that with the directory you wish to change to..

    CD is the command to Change Directory

    Type CD %systemroot% and you should come to a command prompt that starts C:\WINDOWS

    This is assuming you have windows installed on C:
     
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  4. d-Faktor
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    what you're doing wrong is starting up 'command' from the run window. you should be starting up 'cmd'.
    'command' and 'cmd' are not the same thing.
     
  5. robbo1962

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    If i type in CD ENTER and then %systeroot% i get a prompt saying C:\WINDOWS is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. Is this normal and if so what use is it?
     
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  6. d-Faktor
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    there is no enter between cd and %systemroot%

    so concluding: start > run > cmd > press enter
    then: cd %systemroot% press enter
     
  7. robbo1962

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    nothing happens when i do this just the same documents and settings prompt
     
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  8. hbroomhall

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    Then you aren't following the instructions.

    Select the 'run' box and type 'cmd'. A dos/console box appears.
    Then type cd $systemroot%

    I did the above - see below:
    If this doesn't work then there is something wrong with your setup. I have seen vesrions of XP where the whole environment was so badly messed that things like this didn't work.

    Does that help?

    Harry.
     
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  9. d-Faktor
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    first, when you've done the start > run > cmd > enter part, and the additional window opens, what does it say at the top?

    second, at the command prompt, type set and press enter. find the systemroot entry, and tell us what it is.

    [edit] or what harry says...
     
  10. robbo1962

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    following your instructions Harry gives me
    D:\ Documents and settings\Gary>

    but no mention of anything else
     
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  11. hbroomhall

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    So now type "cd %systemroot%"

    Without the quotes.

    Harry.
     
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  12. robbo1962

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    typing set give a whole lot of information on the computer, systemroot says C:\ WINDOWS
    Typing %systemroot% just gives me the same D:\Documents and settings\Gary
     
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  13. d-Faktor
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    but you shouldn't be typing just %systemroot%. you should type: cd %systemroot%, followed by an enter!
     
  14. robbo1962

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    Whatever combination i use just gives me the same prompt
    D:Documents and settings\Gary
     
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  15. hbroomhall

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    Sigh - *please* read what was written!

    I said type "cd %systemroot%", I didn't say type "%systemroot%"!
    In any case - you say
    which means that your system is pretty standard!

    Harry.
     
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  16. hbroomhall

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    Suggestion - when you do this cut'n'paste it here. Then we can see what you are getting wrong and help you.

    Harry.
     
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  17. d-Faktor
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    hang on. did you say your document and settings is on d:?
    try this at the command prompt:

    c: (followed by an enter)
    cd %systemroot% (followed by an enter)

    [edit] reason being, you can't use the change directory command to go to a folder on a different drive.
     
  18. robbo1962

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    i have been typing cd %systemroot% but there is no mention of systemroot says anything. Is there any real benefit to be gained from SystenRoot?
     
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  19. robbo1962

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    *SystemRoot do any of you qualified techs use this a great deal?
     
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  20. hbroomhall

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    Please - cut'n'paste what you see - otherwise we will just go round and round.

    Harry.
     
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