|RIGHT click on My Computer|
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
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.
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
(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:)
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.
Install it again if you still want to use it.
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.)