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A user of ours cleared their path, thanks to some directions on the internet.

What is the default path, I am a developer so I have tons of extra stuff in mine, what should my user get on a plain jane one?

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@Synetech does that really have anything to add to this question? – DevelopingChris Dec 13 '15 at 16:56
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According to this MVP, on Vista it was:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem

I would assume the same for Windows 7. I also have \Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\ as one of my first entries so you might want to add it as well since PowerShell was shipped with Windows 7.

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this pretty much covered the bases – DevelopingChris Mar 27 '10 at 16:47
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PowerShell path is included in default system path in W7 – climenole Jul 30 '12 at 17:18

I just finished installing Windows 7 Enterprise SP1-U (x64 English) in a virtual machine. I can certify the following as the default Path environment variables. Note that I haven't installed anything (not even the "additions", "drivers", or "tools") into the virtual machine.

Default system Path environment variable (the inconsistent capitalization is as-is):

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

There is no default user Path environment variable (i.e., no such variable was set).

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Sorry, mine's no longer "plain jane" but I've removed the obvious added items (this is on 64 bit, adjust the progfiles bits if you're on 32):

PATH=C:\Program Files (x86)\PC Connectivity Solution\;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\

I'm not 100% on the first item in the list but it seems to be something to do with bluetooth. Not sure why that should need to be in the path though.

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PC Connectivity Solution was definitely added by a 3rd party – heavyd Mar 26 '10 at 0:09
    
I'm not gonna -1 cuz at least you answered, most people brushed by and didn't bother to copy their var and just paste it in an answer, +1 for effort. – DevelopingChris Mar 27 '10 at 16:48

There's really no such thing as a default Path; it changes as software and devices are installed/tremoved. However, at a bare minimum, your Path should contain:

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

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