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Although "path" has a more general meaning, "the path" refers to the path to all of these commands. In 9x, some of these are in the root folder of the boot drive (usually C:\), some are in the Windows folder (usually C:\Windows), and some are in the Command folder (usually C:\Windows\Command). In 2000 and XP, commands can be found in the Windows folder (usually C:\Windows or C:\Winnt), and in the System32 folder (usually C:\Windows\System32). There also might be a Command folder (usually C:\Windows\Command or C:\Winnt\Command). The PATH command sets the computer to recognize the locations of these commands. That is how Windows can find each command simply from the user entering commands at the command prompt or in the Run dialog. Run by itself, PATH displays the current path.


Type PATH followed by the path that contains commands. You can enter multiple command paths by separating them with semicolons (;).


;: Separates the different paths that are to make up "the path." If you use this by itself, the existing command path will be deleted.


In 9x, if you find you don't have access to all commands that should be available, type:

PATH C:\;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\Command

You can add any other paths you want, separated by semicolons. This can be especially useful if you boot a 9x machine with a startup (MS-DOS) floppy.

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PC Repair and Maintenance(c) A Practical Guide
PC Repair and Maintenance: A Practical Guide (Charles River Media Networking/Security)
ISBN: 1584502665
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 175 © 2008-2017.
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