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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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  • this one superuser.com/questions/193368/… (at risk of being closed as a duplicate) says %CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\ i.e. it mentions a WindowsLive directory
    – barlop
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 5:28
  • Related: If it's not too late to try to restore it from a backup, you can superuser.com/questions/523688/…
    – geekley
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 23:02
  • Missing the question for default path on Windows 10. Maybe here
    – Timo
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 12:31

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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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    PowerShell path is included in default system path in W7
    – climenole
    Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 17:18
  • this one you were keen to close superuser.com/questions/193368/… has a slightly different one to the one you state, e.g. it has a WindowsLive directory, though you didn't give any critique of it
    – barlop
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 5:30
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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, remove the (x86) bits if you're on 32):

PATH=C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\
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There's really no such thing as a default Path; it changes as software and devices are installed/removed. However, at a bare minimum, your Path should contain:

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

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