I have recently installed Windows 2012. Unable to use common commands previously used e.g. "ipconfig" "hostname" etc. Have tried both Run as Administrator and non admin.

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    What's the error message you receive? Check your $PATH and compare with a working server. – duenni Feb 28 '17 at 12:46
  • @duenni the error i get is C:\Users\Administrator>ipconfig 'ipconfig' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. – Airboss Mar 2 '17 at 3:35
  • Path Dump == working server == C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files\VisualSVN Server\bin == new 2012 server == %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\Client SDK\ODBC\110\Tools\Binn\ – Airboss Mar 2 '17 at 3:38
  • And what do you get for echo %systemroot% ? – BlueCompute Mar 6 '17 at 17:28
  • i64.tinypic.com/zu7pl.jpg – Airboss Mar 7 '17 at 3:28

If the ipconfig or other commands are not working, it is due to path variable missing in configuration.

Follow these steps to fix it:

  1. Open the Start-Menu and Right click on ‘Computer’ and click ‘Properties
  2. Click ‘Advanced System Settings’ then ‘Environmental Variables’ at the bottom of the screen
  3. Check for ‘Path’ in the list. If it is present, Click ‘Edit’
  4. Go to the end of the text box and type the following (without quotes): %systemroot%\system32

3b. If it does not exist, create it with the ‘new’ button,

4b. In the next window, enter the variable name as Path. Enter the variable path as, “;%systemroot%\system32” (without quotes).

  1. Click ok to close.

Now open a new cmd prompt and type ‘ipconfig‘ or any of the system commands and they should work fine!

  • Thanks @Overmind managed to get it solved but adding the full path at the end. – Airboss Mar 7 '17 at 5:10
  • Glad it worked. – Overmind Mar 7 '17 at 8:14

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