command prompt

Just recently when I opened the Command Prompt this message error appears when I use ipconfig:

"Ipconfig not recognized as an internal or external command"

I use WindowsXP Home Edition SP2
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astoverAsked:
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TOPIOCommented:
Hi astover,
from the comand prompt if you run the SET command
waht do you get?
c:\SET (press enter)

Cheers!
astoverAuthor Commented:
'C:SET' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file
LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Sounds like your PATH setting in the Environment variables is screwed up.  Go to Control Panel, the System applet (in classic view of Control Panel), click on the Advanced tab, then the button for Environment Variables.  Click on the System variable called PATH, and then the Edit button.  Make sure the value contains at least these contents:

%SystemRoot%\system32;

(There might be other contents listed after the above, following the semicolon.  For example, on my system, I have a path to a Roxio folder following that, since I use Roxio Easy CD Creator as my CD writer.)

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astoverAuthor Commented:
Yes.  This is showing at the beginning of the variable value
LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Check to see if there seem to be any extra punctuation marks or other errors in the PATH value that might be causing it to be not available to the system.
astoverAuthor Commented:
No, there is nothing in the path you gave me.  It just seems to repeat itsef a couple times
LeeTutorretiredCommented:
astoverAuthor Commented:
Yes...it has Reg_expand_SZ
EnigmaLS1Commented:
ASTOVER...  do the following so I can see specifically what your CMD environment is using...

from a command windows do:   ECHO %PATH%

Copy and paste here everything that is displayed and I'll go from there.
astoverAuthor Commented:
I entered the command you gave me but I don't know how to copy and paste.  I don't see anything with copy or paste for this
EnigmaLS1Commented:
Oh no problem...  just right-click on the CMD window... then just drag-click your mouse over the whole block of text you want and then right-click again (that copies it), then just paste here like normal.  If you're unsure just capture the whole window text to be safe.
astoverAuthor Commented:
I must have done something wrong because the word "she" appeared after the flashing_ and I was told it was an incorrect command
EnigmaLS1Commented:
he he... on another site at another time I'd think that was a joke. ;-)


let's just try it again...

1.  from a CMD window...   just enter:     ECHO %path%

2.  right-click and select MARK

3.  left-click drag to select all the text in the window (you'll see it block highlight)

4.  right-click the window again which copies the text

5.  Paste that text here for us



If you still have problems with that you can do the following:

1.  from a CMD window...   just enter:        ECHO %path% > c:\path.txt

2.  on the root of your C: drive you'll now have a file called PATH.TXT

3.  open that file and copy then paste the text here for us
astoverAuthor Commented:
Did it work this time?

I also need to tell you that last night I used my Windows XP CD-ROM to re-install everything.  I used the Recommended method to avoid losing everything.  So my ipconfig order works now.  I need to know WHAT HAPPENED?  What could have happened to cause me to lose it in the first place.  Did something get deleted without my knowledge?  How can I keep it from hapening in the future?  Is there any way to "Lock it in?"  
EnigmaLS1Commented:
wow.  I have to admit we're all probably a little disapointed you went that far.  That's too bad, I really wish we could have worked through the problem with you.  Using the CD was really rebuilding a house to fix a leaky faucet.  but too late now.

Since it should not have happened to begin with there's no telling what caused it.  However, chances are extremely unlikely that it will not happen again.

Glad it's fixed for you I suppose.
astoverAuthor Commented:
I would like to thank you for all the time and effort you put into my question.  I am not interested in receiving anything back as suggested in Community Support.  As far as I am concerned I would like to see you receive the full 500 points.  Again, I would like to thank  you for all your help.  I was just too impatient.  I would also like to close this question.  Please do this for me.
astoverAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  Will this close the question or do I need to do anything else?
I copied this info for future reference.

The next time I need help, do I just open Express-Scripts or is there a way to talk to you again?  
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