My machine does not have full SQL Server installed. The following distributable packages are installed on my machine:-

  1. Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities
  2. Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Native Client

I have a batch file that runs the bcp utility. If i run this batch file from the folder where bcp.exe is sitting (...tools\binn) it works.

My dump question is if there is any way I can run the bcp utility from c:\ drive only. Right now if it run from c:\ drive it says:-

bcp is not recognized as an internal or external command,..

3 Answers 3


You would need to add the folder containing bcp.exe to the environment variables search path.



You can read the bvp.exe path from registry and then simply use full path RootKey : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE PathKey : SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\ClientSetup Key : path (String)


Or just use the full path to the file:

C:\>"C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn\bcp" rest_of_options_here

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