Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have Windows 7.

I have a .exe file here:

c:\tools\dailybackup.exe

When I am in the CMD window, I want to be able to type "dailybackup" in any directory and have it execute.

Do I still need to change the environment variables to do this or does Windows 7 have an easier more user-friendly way to do this now?

share|improve this question
add comment

4 Answers

up vote 10 down vote accepted

You still have to change the PATH environment variable to include c:\tools\

share|improve this answer
add comment

To add to Nifle's answer, to add to the PATH permanently:

setx path "%path%;c:\tools"

You need to close and start another CMD prompt to see the changes to PATH.

share|improve this answer
add comment

There are a couple of ways to get there from here. The simplest (and safest, depending on your comfort level where editing the registry is involved) is to use a batch file and place it in the \Windows folder. For example, your batch file (named "dailybackup.bat" for consistency), might contain the following:

@echo off
pushd
cd /d c:\utils
dailybackup.exe
popd

I use this method for a number of commands/processes that I regularly use at the DOS prompt.

Alternatively, you can create an "alias" for the executable in the registry. To do this, go to "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths." You'll see a whole lot of sub-keys here. What you want to do is add one for "dailybackup.exe." Right-click on "App Paths" and select "New" and "Key." Enter the key name (ending with .exe). (This is an opportunity to use a shortened version of the name, if you wish, such as "dbu.exe," for example. Anyway, enter your alias (we'll just go with "dailybackup.exe"). Now, in the right-hand pane, double click "(Default)" and enter the full path and name of your executable ("c:\utils\dailybackup.exe"). That's all there is to it. You're done with the registry. To use the new alias, you can hit (Windows Key)/R to get the "Run" box and enter your alias. For reasons which escape me, the alias won't work directly from a DOS prompt, but needs to be prefaced with "start," as in:

C:\Some\Random\Folder >START dailybackup

or, if you opted for a shorter alias:

C:\Some\Random\Folder >START dbu

Hope that helps.

share|improve this answer
add comment

If you want to do this from ANY directory, then your only choice, as you've pointed out, is to modify the environment variables and add "c:\tools" to your System or current user's $PATH variable.

share|improve this answer
2  
On Windows, environment variables are delimited by surrounding percents, i.e. %PATH%, not a preceding dollar sign. –  Hello71 Aug 9 '10 at 21:10
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.