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Why do I have to use the "exe" extension to launch a program in the command window?

Why do I have to use the "exe" extension to launch a program in the command window?

I can no longer launch programs just by typing the program name in a command window. For instance, typing "notepad" and then enter gives me "bad command or filename". If I recall correctly Windows XP would automatically pick up the executable. If I type "notepad.exe" and hit enter, then notepad starts as expected. Did something change on my system, or did I just remember wrong?

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Guest [Entry]

did your PATHEXT environment variable get overwritten?