I am trying to type the make command at the command-prompt, but I keep getting the following error:

'make' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable or batch file.

I am a novice and have no clue about these things, but I read lots of websites about this problem and I tried to follow their advices, but it's still not working.

I am using a Dell laptop with Windows 7 64-bit. I am running it from this folder:


My path is

c:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\
c:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\syswow64
C:\Program Files\Dell\DW WLAN Card\Driver
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Roxio Shared\DLLShared\
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    What are you trying to do? The make command is a programming tool that builds a project. It does not come with Windows, it comes with a programming environment of some sort that you have to install manually. What are you trying to build; are you trying to compile a Perl script? – Synetech Jun 12 '12 at 18:35

Plan A

Find where make.exe is hiding and add it to your PATH.

Plan B

Install make (for example this one)

Plan B.2

Install the compilers and other stuff that are also usually needed for make to do anything useful. Have a look in your Makefile in C:\Users\Jenn\Documents\PhD\Software\trimAl\source or read the documentation for whatever you have downloaded in there.

Plan C

Find a precompiled Windows executable (preferably with a self-installer) of whatever thing you seek instead.

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There is no make command in Windows. If you have some versions of Visual Studio installed, you may have a program named nmake, which is Windows' version of the classic UNIX make utility.

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"Make" isn't an in-build Windows utility or command, hence it's telling you "'make' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable or batch file".

You'll need the 3rd party Make.exe; which one will depend on what it is you're actually trying to accomplish.

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