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    Paths (XP Pro)

    I suspect this may have a simple answer, but I can't put my finger on it.
    I use a multiple boot system, where XP is on the E: drive. If I type 'msconfig.exe' in the Run bar from Start Up I get an error, because it tries to load the Win 98SE version from drive C:
    How do I make the default path point to drive E: ?
    In DoS based systems it would be a matter of changing the appropriate line in autoexec.bat. I get round this particular problem by having a shortcut on the QuickLaunch bar pointing to the correct version, but I don't want to have to do this for every app.

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    Re: Paths (XP Pro)

    Merc, try changing the environment variables that are set in the System Properties. I suspect that your C: drive comes before E: (I: before E: except after C:? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>) in there.

    There are separate variables for the current user as well as global system variables. Right click My Computer, select properties, and click on Advanced. There is an Envrionment Variables button at the bottom of the page. The system path is set in the lower half, under the global system variables.

    You could add the path statement to your user account's settings. The current user's variables are appended to the system's after so adding it there might not be the right way to go. Either way I think the solution lies there.
    -Mark

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    Re: Paths (XP Pro)

    Hi Mark
    Sorry, no go with any setting, even changing the Registry had no effect - until changing msconfig.exe in the Windows SE file to msconfig.exx made the system find the required one. What I'll do when I need msconfig in SE, I havent explored yet....
    Thanks for the input

    Rgds

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    Re: Paths (XP Pro)

    Try Browsing to the correct copy. Run may be remembering the LAST RUN version and keeps going to it.
    I have been dual booting 98, 2K and XP and have NOT run into this problem.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Paths (XP Pro)

    ...me neither - until now, that is. Don't you just love the way Windows keeps making these tiny but perfectly formed alterations to the way it works?

    Ah, <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>

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