XP batch files: Create variable for current user account and find current user

Posted December 7, 2006 by Jimmy S in Batch file programming

this is a quick batch file recipe that is more of an appetizer than a full meal. this recipe is just a quick batch file that lets you find the user who is currently logged in when the batch file is ran by using a FOR statement and the %USERPROFILE% variable in XP.

this batch file will do the following:

find the current user logged in when the file is ran
setup a variable, user, whose value will be set to the user logged in
and then echo back the user login.

    @echo off
    for /f “tokens=3 delims=\” %%i in (“%USERPROFILE%”) do (set user=%%i) 2>&1
    echo “logged in user:%user%”

this can be very useful when used in conjunction with other batch file commands.

if you want this info be put into a text file just use this command

    @echo off
    for /f “tokens=3 delims=\” %%i in (“%USERPROFILE%”) do (set user=%%i) 2>&1
    echo “%user%” > c:\%user%.txt

so lets say i’m logged in as john, a file called john.txt would be created and inside of the file the user login ‘john’ will be residing.

this command/line can be changed and used for various things such as copying files to a user’s my documents or desktop or anything where you need to use the user account.

–updated code; removed do if exist statement, used a straightforward do


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