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August 23, 2005 at 2:00 pm #88214
Software Bisque Knowledge Base Article – 1055
ADDING THE “PROGRAM FILES/COMMON FILES/SYSTEM” FOLDER TO THE COMPUTER’S PATH
I need to add the “C:/Program Files/Common Files/System” folder to my computer’s PATH statement because of the known bug in my older operating system (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows 2000) that ignores the App Paths registry key.
To add the “C:/Program Files/Common Files/System” folder to the computer’s PATH environment variable.
Click Start | Programs | Accessories | Notepad
From Notepad, click File | Open and then open the file named Autoexec.bat in the root of drive C.
Add the following text to the last line in this file (or to the end of the PATH statement, if it already exists in this file):
PATH=”C:/PROGRAM FILES/COMMON FILES/SYSTEM”
or, for example, if the PATH already exists:
PATH=C:/WINDOWS;C:/WINDOWS/COMMAND;”C:/PROGRAM FILES/COMMON FILES/SYSTEM”
Make sure to include the quotes at each end of the common files path, otherwise, the PATH command will fail.
Click File | Save.
Restart the computer.
Verify that the path statement now includes the common files folder by clicking Start | Programs | MS DOS Prompt.
From the MS DOS Prompt, type the word PATH and then press ENTER.
The PATH environment variable should now include the C:/Program Files/Common Files/System folder.
Click Start | (Settings | under WinNT and Win2K) Control Panel | System. Select the Environment Variable option (the exact location of this option varies with the operating system, consult the operating system’s help file for details). Edit the existing PATH environment variable to add the following path:
C:/Program Files/Common Files/System
to the PATH environment variable. Note that each folder in the PATH variable must be separated by a semi-colon (. Most operating systems require that the computer be restarted before this change takes affect.
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