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Admin Know-IT-All Question #19

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Today's Know-IT-All answer is:
c. Store commonly used program paths in the Registry

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Despite Windows 2000's graphical shell, there are many administrators who are more comfortable with a command line. They just like to bang a few keys to get their favorite programs to come up rather than navigate through a nest of menus and submenus. However, most programs don't automatically add their executable path to the PATH: environment variable -- and the PATH: variable tops out at 1,023 characters in length. This length can be modified by a Registry edit, but command-line sessions still truncate the variable to 1,023 characters. (This is not the total space devoted to environment variables, just the maximum size of any given variable.) Fortunately there is a more sophisticated way to handle how Windows looks for executables...

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