PATH Problem and Solution

Harold L Hunt II
Sat Mar 29 17:09:00 GMT 2003

What is your version of Windows?  I have a feeling that this may only 
apply to older versions (e.g., Windows 95).

It doesn't appear that MSCONFIG is available on Windows XP... is it 
available on any NT-based platform, or is it a Windows 95/98/Me utility?


Carey Barnett wrote:
> Guys,
> I just spend an hour or so installing XFree86/Cygwin with WindowMaker -
> works great, by the way - and I discovered an oddity.  I'm certain this is a
> Windows/DOS issue, but here it is:
> This line in startxwin.bat can cause problems depending on the original
> contents of the PATH variable:
>'s why:
> Some programs insert their directory into the PATH variable using the long
> file name (C:\Program Files\Java\j2re1.4.1\bin for example), and some use
> the 8.3 DOS format (C:\PROGRA~1\ULTRAE~1).  The DOS shell, when it expands
> the variable, %PATH%, leaves the spaces in the name, and the SET command
> thinks you've just given it an extra parameter.  The solution is to change
> the base PATH in Windows to use the short, DOS 8.3 form
> (C:\PROGRA~1\Java\j2re1.4.1\bin in our case).  You want to run the MSCONFIG
> command to do this.
> I hope this helps someone.
> Carey

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