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How do I reset the path in Windows XP?

fyates_pmp asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Installed COTS Software and it overwrote my system path.
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Into the Control Panel, double-click on System. Click on the Advanced tab and the Environment Variables button at the bottom.

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Following the above  instructions will allow you to edit the Path system variable. You can try resetting it to the following value:


That is the default value for the path system variable.


Both these comments were helpful.  Although, what I should have been more specific about was that I believe some directory paths that were overwritten actually needed to be redefined.  Therefore, some sort of auto discovery tool was what I was hoping to learn about, as I have no way of remembering all the paths to all the software that I have installed.  Perhaps that would be a cool utility to develope.  Sure I can go in and edit the path variable, I just feared that that would be the minimum.  Thank you both!


The quick response is so much appreciated.  Kudos!
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