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I'm having this issue when i'm on Device and Printers and i'm trying to load this particular path.

I think my disk / bios had just went kaputz. It somehow forgot where the system paths are like %windir%.

Any idea how to fix this issue?

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It is in the advanced system properties. You may just want to add c:\windows\system32 to the path, or mak sure the %windir% variable is set as in the screenshot.

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Yeah i can't get that to load either. lol my disk really got corrupt – chrisjlee Jul 19 '11 at 1:14
Yes, if you cannot do those basic things, you are probably hosed. Even chkdsk probably won't do it, and I am not sure I would trust that to repair it all anyway. – KCotreau Jul 19 '11 at 1:20
hmm i was able to access it manually by cmd C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe but it won't save any of the variables. – chrisjlee Jul 19 '11 at 1:22
Well thanks anyways. I think i figured it. I'll mark this as solved anyways. – chrisjlee Jul 19 '11 at 1:30
It got fixed! I didn't know i turned on system restore. It fixed it that way (for the record). Luckily, i recently did a windows update and i had a restore point. Thanks for your concern! – chrisjlee Jul 19 '11 at 3:17

I had same issue. Here is what I did:

I directly open C:\Windows\System32\SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe file.

  1. Copied Path variable value into Notepad++
  2. Search/replace ; with \r\n (select extended search mode)
  3. Now I can see each item clearly in its own line. I found few duplicate items because certain software Re-Installed multiple times. What I noticed I had duplicate entries like below:

    • C:\PROGRA~1\MI3EDC~1\100\Tools\Binn\
    • C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn\

Both lines are essentially same but somehow stuff like this can easily cause you headache. I removed duplicate content from PATH and it started working fine.

Hope this helps.

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