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Windows 7: Command Prompt is literally broken

25 Feb 2011   #1
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
Command Prompt is literally broken

My laptop:
Windows 7 Professional x64 (build 7601 SP1 Beta)
Intel Core i7 740 QM
8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM
500 GB 7200 RPM HDD
I press Win + R and type cmd, then a console comes up. I went to flush my dns cache with ipconfig /flushdns then suddenly got an error saying that it is not a command. Well, wait what? I've used that many times in the past. Additionally, typing even basic bath commands fail. I tried typing help, same error. I even made sure I launched it as administrator. I also scanned my laptop for viruses/malware using three different scanners. Nothing came up (McAfee, MS Security Essentials, AVG Free)

Also, oddly enough, batch files still operate as usual. Also before accusing the beta service pack, I installed that a long time ago with absolutely no problems. Although, maybe an update did not install properly or something...

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25 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Try C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe
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25 Feb 2011   #3
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Try C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe
That is the same thing as Win + R and then typing cmd.
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25 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Check your environment variables, namely PATH.
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25 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 home 64bit

If you type in "path" do you see C:\Windows\system32\?
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25 Feb 2011   #6
Orbital Shark


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows i7 920 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Try C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe
That is the same thing as Win + R and then typing cmd.
What Jacee is getting at is that if typing the above works ok then you we can start looking at your environment variables....
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25 Feb 2011   #7


Just sounds like your PATH is not there.

Easy way try and fix it is right clicking on computer>properties>advanced system settings>advanced tab>environment variables then in the system variables go to the path variable and click "Edit", then at the end paste


Leave the ; on as that splits up paths.
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