Recently a (badly written) piece of software erased my PATH variable. I've been installing software for years and recovering every single entry would be cumbersome. An even more cumbersome solution would be to restore from previous system restore point. Any ideas on how to get the PATH variable alone from the restore point?
You can mount the old version of the registry.
Restoring User PATH:
Restoring System PATH:
Note that for System, depending on how long ago this was, you can just go back into HKLM\(old control set version)\Control\Session Manager\Environment without loading an old hive, but this is a generally useful way to apply "Restore Previous Versions" to the registry.
Thanks indeed to Microsoft for eliminating "Restore Previous Versions". However, if you have system protection enabled on your system drive (usually C:) you can STILL get to the old versions back. Just because they took away the UI doesn't mean they took away the underlying backups.
First off, download Shadow Explorer. Then bow at their feet for writing it. http://www.shadowexplorer.com/
After installing it, you can navigate to the files referenced in the accepted answer by Mark Sowul. Note that you select the date/version you want to browser with the pulldown in shadow explorer:
Well, this would be kinda hackish, but you could restore back to get the path and restore forward again to your current state.
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