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Windows 7: Using Windows 7 Path Statement

27 Dec 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro 64
Using Windows 7 Path Statement

I have a couple a couple of older software programs that I was trying to get to communicate with each other and tried using the Windows 7 path statement to get that accomplished. So far, bad luck.

This is the process I followed:
  1. From the desktop, right-click My Computer and click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties window, click on the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Advanced section, click the Environment Variables button.
  4. Finally, in the Environment Variables window (as shown below), highlight the Path variable in the Systems Variable section and click the Edit button. Add or modify the path lines with the paths you wish the computer to access. Each different directory is separated with a semicolon as shown below.

After I rebooted, not only could I not get the communication I'd hoped for but now get an error that reads a DLL file is missing from my system. The DLL file is indeed present but it appears that I need to get it either into a location where the error stops occurring OR get it's current location back into the PATH where my system sees it on boot. I was under the impression that I would just append one path to another with a semicolon in between but that hasn't been too successful.

This really seems a far stretch from the old DOS path opportunities.

Any thoughts or ideas are appreciated.


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28 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 8 Core X64

Open a Command Prompt.
Type path > path.txt and press Enter.
Paste the data from path.txt in a post here.
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28 Dec 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

Another idea: you could try restoring back to a date prior to the date of change. . .Just a thought. . .
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