Problems (BIG) with the command prompt. Help!!

By odysee
Sep 9, 2007
  1. Hi guys/gals...

    I just installed XP on my new machine (e6600, 8800 756MB GTX, 2GB DDR2 - Not that any of that matters really...) and after a few days ive gone to use the command prompt and been told by it :

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\xxx>ping
    'ping' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\Documents and Settings\xxx>

    It returns this message for EVERY command i type in...even the help function. Is this a known issue and if so how can it be fixed? Or is it a case of repairing the windows installation?

    Many thanks in advance,

  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Your path command is missing or corrupt.
    It should like something like
    PATH c:\windows;%systemroot;%system32;
    plus variables created by program installers.
    To change the values, go to Control Panel > System > Advanced > Environment Variables > system variables; find the path and make sure the syntax is correct. If it is missing you can add a new line.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Try running something with full path like "C:\windows\notepad" and "C:\windows\notepad.exe". Try both with and without extension.

    If it works with extension, but not without, then you have a problem with PATHEXT and not PATH.
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Good point nodsu - missed that one!
  5. odysee

    odysee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot guys for your replies.

    It was the route selected although i have corrected it and now it works! thanks guys once again!!
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