[WinXP] Getting an “unrecognized internal/external command…” error on MS-DOS for valid commands

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Hello,

When I issue legitimate commands on MS-DOS such as "ping" and "ipconfig", the error below always pop up:

"[command] is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file."

You can refer to the attached image. However, when I change the directory to "C:WINDOWSsystem32", the commands will work.  Setting the directory to anything else will fail.

I'm using Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3. Also, I have another computer using the same OS, yet I can type in commands anywhere without getting the error. What could be wrong?


Hoping for your feedback.

Thanks ahead!

Jan

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Answered By 0 points N/A #123985

[WinXP] Getting an “unrecognized internal/external command…” error on MS-DOS for valid commands

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The workaround for solving that problem will be as follows:

  • You will need to go to start on your computer, and then type RUN in the search box and then press ENTER.
  • In the Run dialog box, you will need to type in there CMD and then press ENTER.
  • The command prompt will open, you will then need to use the ping command but then you will put quotation marks around the entire filename.

              -or-

  • You can as well put a "^", and when use that you will need to use the quotation marks, before the extended character that is in the filename or directory name. Using a semicolon or comma will not work in a filename or directory name.

Richard Gabriel

 

 

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