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cmd.exe not recognizing many simple commands

Hi frnds...
The problem I m facing is that whenever I start command prompt..that is cmd.exe .and try entering some commands such as ipconfig or chkdsk or attrib ..I get an error saying "not recognized as internal or external command" . even the help /? is not working...I m confused what to do.Right now I m not in a position to format my system.
Any help will be appreciated..
Thanx in advance..

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Tell me the PATH

Hint? Type PATH and share it here.


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What do u mean by course the cmd.exe lies in C:\Windows\system32.

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Now type PATH press enter and share what it outputs.

Then we can see if the PATH is ok or not.

If you don't do this then I can't help.


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Solved the problem

Hi dude...ur that much hint was enough for me..I resolved the PATH issue fron environment variables and everything is smooth now..thanx for the help..

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Thanks for the final report.

Glad to see you fixed it.


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Hey there, i have the same problem. but when i type path it gives me this C:\Documents and Settings\Stelios>path
PATH=C:\Program Files\Panda Software\Panda Antivirus + Firewall 2007\;C:\Program
Is it wrong? what is supposed to be there?

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That's one odd path statement.

Who put a PLUS MARK in that path? If you remember DOS PATH syntax, you would have a semicolon.

REMEMBER I can't know if your path is correct. I can only check the syntax.


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Yes real odd path

I know this is odd but i havent messed with the system variables neither sombody else since i am the only one who is using this pc. What do you thing i should do?

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I think you should correct it's syntax.

Remember I can't know what path you really want (all PCs are custom after the owner boots it and installs anything.) But we know the syntax is incorrect. I'd at least fix that. Here's an article on path syntax.

Read paragraph 8 at


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All right i will try
thanks a lot

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my "path" is listed as path=/

since my path is listed as path=/ what is the best way to repair the error? every other command (including help/ and ping/) provides the "not recognized as internal or external command" response... *sigh*

Thanks in advance

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In your case

And given we have no detail about if this is DOS or Windows or Linux you should use the prior answers or create a new post as this discussion does have answers as well as being more than 2268 days old.

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hello there.i have the same problem as him . and i dont understand the path thing . can you help me?

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Re: the path thing

Type path (+ enter) in the command prompt and copy/paste the output to your answer.

It should show the folders in your PC where it looks for the programs that execute the command you type. If something is wrong with that, it can't find the program, so it can't execute your command.


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hey bob.

i checked the path and the syntax looks fine to me.
this is the path:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\QTSystem\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Leawo\Youtube Download;

anything else u could suggest? would help heaps man.

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Wow, old post but look at that path.
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yer man blast from the past to see forums this old. good to know that ppl read wat u write but haha.

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