tasslehoff burrfoot 21:55 10 Jul 2004


I'm trying to learn Java and have fallen at the first hurdle.

Where will I find autoexec.bat in XP home? I have looked in my windows folder but can't see it.

Have also done a search, including hidden files and system folders, with no result.

If I haven't got it, where can I get it from?

Many thanks.


  VoG II 22:01 10 Jul 2004

It should be in the root folder C:\

  Lionheart ? 22:02 10 Jul 2004

Did a quick search, from what I can see Autoexec.nt replaces Autoexec.bat.

  tasslehoff burrfoot 22:14 10 Jul 2004

I have just searched my computer for autoexec.nt with no result.

VoG when you say root folder C:\ do you mean what I get as soon as I double click on C drive?



  VoG II 22:15 10 Jul 2004


  VoG II 22:19 10 Jul 2004

Mine isn't terribly interesting. In fact I'm not sure that this file is actually used or necessary in XP



SET winbootdir=C:\WINDOWS


SET TEMP=C:\windows\TEMP

SET TMP=c:\windows\TEMP



  tasslehoff burrfoot 22:19 10 Jul 2004

Search is case sensitive :(

And has brought up 4 instances of Autoexec.nt in:





None of which give me an edit option when I right click.

Any idea which one I need and how to edit it?

Thanks again


  Eric10 22:20 10 Jul 2004

Autoexec.bat isn't needed by Windows XP but I do have an empty autoexec.bat in the root of C: on my XP Pro system although it is a hidden file. If you need one for Java then since it's only a text file you can create one by right-clicking in a blank area in the root of C: and choosing New, Text Document, and renaming it to autoexec.bat. If it does already exist then you will be warned about overwriting it.

  tasslehoff burrfoot 23:06 10 Jul 2004

for the advice.

From what I understand, autoexec runs at startup and tells the PC the path for windowsy type things so windows can startup properly. For this reason I don't want to create a new one for fear of confusing the whatever-it's-called-that-starts-up-before-windows-thing. (I did try creating a new text doc and got no overwrite message but worried that I may be in the wrong folder).


It's not in the main C: bit?

I am assuming (quite safely) that I am doing something wrong here, it seems to be something which you can't not have.

So, please, does anyone know what I am doing wrong?



  VoG II 23:11 10 Jul 2004

What does autoexec.bat have to do with Java?

Maybe if you can explain what you are trying to do...

  tasslehoff burrfoot 23:41 10 Jul 2004

Basically (again, from what I understand) Autoexec is the bit that sets the paths.

I have downloaded the JDK but my PC does not know where.

I write the Java code in wordpad and need to run it from command prompt. So, I create the ubiquitous(sp) "Helloworld" in wordpad, go into DOS to run it and I have to enter the entire path (C:\programs\jdketc).

If I can alter autoexec then I can just type "javac Helloworld" or similar and the PC knows the path and runs the command. However, if I don't alter autoexec, I have to type CD C:\programs\JDKetc or something like that everytime I want to run a java app. as I am learning this will probably amount to at least 10's of extra hours typing when I could be learning more.

Hope this clarifies my problem.

Please let me know if not.



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