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ftp is not recognised as an internal/external command

i was running the sheel command in vb to run a batch program from windows environment.
The ftp.bat file should take the data file and send it to remote server through FTP. when i tried to exceute the program,
i was getting the error
'ftp is not recognised as an internal/external command operable program or batch file"

Can some one please tell me why i get this kind of error?.

The path shown in the cmd mode screen is "C\Winnt\system32\cmd.exe".

I typed cmd from windows\start and gone to dos command prompt
then when i type ftp at the dos command prompt i get the same above mentioned error!!!!!!!...

Can some one please let me know how to exceute an ftp batch program from windows vb program..

Thanks a lot for the help
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I think the problem may be the confusion of ftp.bat and ftp.exe
Try renaming your ftp.bat file to myftp.bat (or something else that may make more sense to you).

Also- if you're doing a VB Shell - you'd probably get better results using
Shell ("CMD /K C:\MyFolder\MyFTP.BAT")
This will leave the command window open, in case there are any errors.  You can change /K to /C to close the window afterwards, if it works...  
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