Error: System path variable not found

June 26, 2011 at 16:39:44
Specs: Windows XP SVC Pk 3, E8500@ 3.16 Ghz Dual

System Mechanic 10 (10.5.1) Keep getting a little window "SMSystemanalyzer" with "Error: System path variable not found".
Tried searching Iolo's online knowledge database and found no matches.


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#1
June 26, 2011 at 18:24:04
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#2
June 26, 2011 at 18:38:54
RIGHT click on My Computer
Select Properties
Advanced tab
Environmental Variables button

In the bottom pane (scrollable box) , scroll down to the Path line

I'm assuming that the hard drive partition your Windows installation has been installed on has been assigned the C drive letter - for XP or 2000, that's not always your situation - your drive letter may be different - if it is, use your drive letter where the C drive letter is in the following.

You should see

C:\Windows\System32;C:\Windows;....

If you click on the Path line so that it's highlighted and then click on the Edit button, you can see the whole Path line by clicking on the text that appears in the small window that has popped up, then scrolling left with your cursor.
OR
after you have clicked on the Edit button, RIGHT click on the text that appears in the small window that has popped up, select Copy, then open a word processor such as Notepad, RIGHT click on the blank space, and select Paste - to place all the text in the line there.

In that line, your Windows folder location is replaced by (the environmental variable) %SystemRoot%

The first part should be, by default %SystemRoot%\System32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;.....

The rest of the locations in the Path statement are put there by programs that you or Windows has installed.

There is a semi-colon character at the end of each location, except for the last one in the Path statement.
There are no spaces before or after the semicolon in the Path statement.

If this or any part of it is not there at the beginning if the Path line, Edit the line so it is there
%SystemRoot%\System32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem; (etc.)

(It really doesn't matter if they're not in that order, or where they are in the Path statement, as long as they're all in the Path statement.)
.....

You can also show the whole path line like so
Start - Run - type.. cmd (press Enter)
Type.. Path (press Enter)

It should show (if your Windows folder is on C:)

C:\Windows\System32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem; (etc.)

You can also type... %SystemRoot% (press Enter) there.

(any combo of lower and upper case letters)

You will get an error message, but your actual Windows folder location is at the beginning of the message.
........

If there's nothing wrong with your Path line / statement, then there is something wrong with the program - in this case System Mechanic - that reported the error.
Un-install it.
Install it again if you still want to use it.
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An example - my Path line / statement on one computer, when I click on Edit.

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\10.0\DLLShared\;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\DLLShared\;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\DLLShared\;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Roxio Shared\10.0\DLLShared\;C:\Program Files\Support Tools\;C:\Junk

(It appears the Roxio EMC 10 suite has added the same locations twice.)


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#3
June 26, 2011 at 19:34:22
Thanks, Ewen. I had done that and have yet to receive an answer. I went through many of their quick fax answers and found no error codes or expolanation ANYWHERE! You'd think that if they were gonna tell you there was an error, they might try to explain it somewhere; a list of errors and possible solutions, but nothing I could find. Nor anything about setting up a path, any path for anything! I was really disappointed. Kinda like trying to get help from Norton/Symantec 5 or 10 years ago. At least THEY have finally gotten more user friendly.
Again, thanks for your time.

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#4
June 26, 2011 at 19:53:52
I have no such PATH line.
I do have PATHEXT .COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD;.VBS;.VBE;.JS;.JSE;.WSF;.WSH
and CLASSPATH .;C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\QTJava.zip.
Thank you, Tubes & Wires, very much for your time! And yes, Roxio thinks they deserve more of everything!


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#5
June 26, 2011 at 20:35:41
Okay then, if you're SURE that's missing.

I'm assuming your Windows folder location (of the Windows installation you've loaded) is C:\Windows

(If you're not sure, type %SystemRoot% (press Enter) after you type cmd.

(any combo of lower and upper case letters)

You will get an error message, but your actual Windows folder location is at the beginning of the message.)


Start - Run - type..... cmd (press Enter)

(This SHOULD work fine.)

Type.... Set Path=C:\Windows\System32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem


No spaces before or after = .

There is a semi-colon character at the end of each location, except for the last one in the Path statement.
There are no spaces before or after the semicolon in the Path statement.

You MAY need to Restart the system .

You will then see the Path line, in System Properties (the first location I pointed to), or when you type Path after typing cmd in the Run box.
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The Windows folder location is also shown in System Information, on the right side of the first screen you see.

Setting the Path in XP is easy because it's the same as in previous Microsoft operating systems, but the Set command can be used for a lot of things in XP.

To see pages of info about that, type....
set /? (press Enter), after you have typed cmd.
Expand the black window and scroll.

( a space between set and /? )
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If you get an error message - file not found or similar - when you use a a link or whatever to a program that you used before that used to work, you may need to add the location of the folder the program file is in, that the link or whatever is trying to use, to the path statement.


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