Restoring windows path on Windows 7

Issue:
You changed the windows path and made a mistake and now want to reset it.

Solution:
In short, you can't. If you restore to the system default, you will loose any paths that were appended when you or the manufacturer installed software and drivers. Each time you install some sort of software or driver, MS Office, Turbotax, etc., it creates/appends to the path so that it points to it's start-up program.

Too late now, but you should create a restore point BEFORE you touch the windows path if you are not sure what you are doing:


At a minimum you need the following:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\

AT worst you can reset it to the above, and go through each application as you use them and run into problems to fix the path. The REPAIR option when you select to change/uninstall a program can help with that.

Print | posted @ Monday, June 11, 2012 7:49 AM

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