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Command Prompt does not recognise ping, ipconfig and other commands

Posted on 2004-10-26
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I am running Windows XP Home edition. Lately, I am facing a peculiar problem. Whenever I launch the MS DOS command prompt and execute commands like PING or IPCONFIG, I get an error message saying 'ping' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. However, when I run the same PING or IPCONFIG command from the open dialog box of the Run option on the start menu, the command executes properly. Any clues??
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Question by:gurutek
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    by:sunray_2003
    Check this

    How To Manage Environment Variables in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q310519'

    These variables may not be correct
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    Hello gurutek =)

    Check this PAQ,

    Ping is not recognized as an internal or external command
    http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Microsoft_Network/Q_20916776.html
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    by:sunray_2003
    Try this
    right-click my computer
    go to properties
    go to advanced
    click on "environmental variables"
    under system variables , click on path to enable it
    click on edit
    and add this
    %systemroot%\system32

    log off, log back on and check
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    by:IanTh
    i concur its definately the path is wrong but when you do go to edit it make sure that the paths are correct as it seems a bit funny that the path variables have changed maybe due to malicious code!
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