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Command Prompt's driving me crazy!


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kai_snowball

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Hey guys for some reason my command prompt wont work
a couple of days ago i got this message when i opened it "specified COMMAND search directory bad" and i dont know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!! im not new to command prompt i just havent used it for a while and yeh im not a newb with computers!!!!!!!!! so im pretty sure i havent stuffed it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can someone help me please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Since, U sound like a expert user, I am not going type the whole procedure step-by-step. I have given the procedure in short.
Follow the steps below:
Note down the value of Environment Variable: ComSpec.
Follow the path of the given by the variable, see if cmd.exe exists in that directory.

Edited by darth_ash, 11 August 2005 - 03:34 AM.

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well im afraid i cant really call myself an expert at computers and unfortunately i dont understand what your saying about environment varibles but i would really appreciate it if you could explain the process in full so i could get the command propmt working
p.s this might help i have typed cmd.exe in the run box before and it comes up "Microsoft Windows XP[version 5.1.2600] <C> Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp C:\Documents and Settings\My Comps Name

P.S i have another comp with the same problem so getting them both fixed would be great

Edited by kai_snowball, 11 August 2005 - 04:40 AM.

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Sorry Here is the full procedure:
Right-Click My Computer, click on Properties.
In the System Properties Window, click on Advanced Tab.
Now click on Environment Variables Button.
Look for ComSpec and note down its value(which is actually a path).

Now follow the path u noted down (value of ComSpec).
See if cmd.exe is present in that folder.
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yeh cmd is in there so what to i do now??

p.s thanks for your help
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Lets see if command.com also is having the same problems.
Type command.com instead of cmd in the Run box.

Edited by darth_ash, 11 August 2005 - 05:12 AM.

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kai_snowball

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its says Microsoft<R> Windows DOS
<C> Copyright Mircosoft Corp 1990-2001
C:\DOCUME~1\Comp name~1>
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If u remember I asked u find cmd.exe in Post#4.
Can u go back to the folder and open cmd.exe, by double-clicking it.
See if i works from there.

Edited by darth_ash, 11 August 2005 - 06:16 AM.

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yeh i went to documents and typed in C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe and it came up

Edited by kai_snowball, 11 August 2005 - 03:52 PM.

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it doesnt say cmd.exe just cmd
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