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Windows 7: 'ipconfig' is not recognized as an internal or external command, . . .

29 Dec 2010   #11
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

SledgeDG:
Your post was done while I was editing my previous post as above.
Thank you anyway for your response.

I wonder why c:\windows\system32 was dropped.


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29 Dec 2010   #12
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

That's OK...such things happen Most important :you got it working !


So how could that have happened.....some reasons I could think of:
Malware,
3rd party applications to stream line/optimize Windows (which was fine for XP but should be avoided in se7en )
Some application that tried to add itself to the path variable but failed miserably...corrupting the former content in the process.
A hard shutdown due to a hung computer during a write operation.
A flipping bit on the harddrive due to a weak spot the magnetizing.
The RAM content got corrupted somehow and escaped the plausibility check while being written back.
(the last two virtually never happen or you would see other weird behavior)

-DG
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29 Dec 2010   #13
churin

W7 Ult x64 and W8 Pro x64
 
 

1) Virus -- I regularly watched and a full scan this time did not detect any.
2) 3rd party applications to stream line/optimize Windows -- Such applications was never used
3) Some application that tried to add itself to the path variable but failed miserably...corrupting the former content in the process. -- A lot of these were in the PATH variable.
4) A hard shutdown due to a hung computer during a write operation. -- This happened from time to time.

I would think 3) is the greatest possibility of the problem cause. I really cleaned it up by deleting all entries related to third party applications.

Thanks for your enlightenment.
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29 Dec 2010   #14
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

You're very welcome, churin
Glad you got it figured out
For my taste way too many application feel the need to add themselves to the path (besides filling the registry with heaps of ***) That's why I usually set a restore point before any installation...reversing the whole process when something goes wrong.

Single Click Restore Point - - CNET Download.com

-DG
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29 Dec 2010   #15
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

On one machine I just looked over where the owner had just closed out FaceBook and a new window suddenly opened he was unable to get online again when the malware bugged the registry as well as restore points. The network adapter driver was reinstalled and there was plenty of connectivity but not even adding a second browser could get him online.

Two restore points before that day were found useless as I expected when recommending a total wipe of the drive to start over. He's back on now. Goes to show that you can't always count on restore points.

One thing to consider trying would be the system file checker just to see if the tool will find the file corrupted and replace it. Simply type the sfc /scannow command in at the Start>Run to see if that will help. The other thought before an upgrade to repair or fresh install would be finding a way to manually expand the file from the 7 dvd.
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29 Dec 2010   #16
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by churin View Post
I am not sure if I understand your question. What I am doing is going from start, run, typing in cmd and typing in ipconfig.
Start>search>cmd>right click and run as admin>IPCONFIG /ALL (no period)
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