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cmd.exe not recognizing many simple commands

by alok4best / April 22, 2007 7:27 AM PDT

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
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2007 7:54 AM PDT

Hint? Type PATH and share it here.


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by alok4best / April 22, 2007 7:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Tell me the PATH

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2007 7:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Path?

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
by alok4best / April 25, 2007 12:15 AM PDT

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2007 12:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Solved the problem

Glad to see you fixed it.


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by ste_solomou / November 3, 2007 10:43 PM PDT

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2007 12:12 AM PDT
In reply to: cmd.exe

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
by ste_solomou / November 4, 2007 12:22 AM PDT

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2007 12:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes real odd path

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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by ste_solomou / November 4, 2007 12:36 AM PDT

All right i will try
thanks a lot

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my "path" is listed as path=/
by tresdjndjed / July 8, 2013 4:44 AM PDT

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
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2013 4:51 AM PDT

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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by aen_owney / July 4, 2013 12:29 AM PDT

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
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 4, 2013 12:50 AM PDT
In reply to: path

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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by kpallan / July 6, 2012 1:49 PM PDT
In reply to: Tell me the PATH

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2012 2:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Path
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by kpallan / July 7, 2012 12:27 PM PDT

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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