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Windows 7: command prompt dosn't work

01 May 2010   #1

windows 7
command prompt dosn't work


My command prompt somehow dosn't seem to work like i want it to. E.g. I want to enable the administrator account. So i type: net user administrator /active:yes
Or i type ipconfig /all or getmac to get the mac address.

No matter what command i type i get the message: 'something' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

I tried to run command prompt both admin and as common user.

Have anyone any suggestion for what i can do?



My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #2

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

You get this error only when you don't type it correctly. Try typing simple commands like diskpart or ipconfig and check what comes up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

I'd suggest a sfc /scannow, but I don't think that will work in this case.

You may need to do a repair install. You should also check for malware using Malwarebytes.
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01 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
You may need to do a repair install.
+1 ...has to be a corrupt OS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #5

windows 7

To Dinesh: I do type in correct commandos
To Jonathan_King: Yeah it will not work because i can't use command prompt.

System specs:
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
CPU: AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core Processor 2.20 Ghz Agena 65nm Technology.
RAM: 3 GB Dual Channel DDR2 333 Mhz
Motherboard: MedionPC MS-7501
Graphics: 256 Geforece 9500 GT (MSI)
Harddrive: 488GB Western Digitail

I haven't run malvarebytes yet
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #6

windows 7

I now did the quickscan with malwarebytes. It didn't find anything.
Why should my OS all of a sudden be corrupted?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #7

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).

As a test could you: create a new account (with full admin privileges) and see if that makes any difference.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Click on Start button and type "sysdm.cpl" without quotes in the Run or search box. Alternatively, click on "System" icon in control panel.

In the window that opens up, Select the "Advanced" tab and then click "Environment Variables".
In the system variables panel at the bottom, choose "Path", then click the "Edit" button.

Edit the variable value. It is a long string separated by semicolons. Make sure the executable file’s location is one of the entries on this string. For commands like ipconfig, getmac etc., it is the system32 folder. If it is not there, just add the path entry of C:/windows/system32.

Also make sure that the relevant exe file like ipconfig.exe or getmac.exe are actually present in the system32 folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Some OEM PC maker's are putting a password on the administrator account.

You may be able to override with Dinesh tutorial.

User Account Password - Change from WinRE
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 May 2010   #10

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)

Or perhaps try a system restore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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