Error spawning ‘cmd.exe’ and how to solve it

Problem

Yes I know the world have moved beyond visual studio 2013, but at office we are stuck with Visual studio 8 and after working for some time, it spits the following error.

Error:

Error 4 Error spawning ‘cmd.exe’.

Then, I have to close the visual studio and restart again. This works. Although not ideal, I was happy doing this as writing the method was more important than tinkering with visual studio.

Last week I had enough and decided to google and get this sorted.. So here’s the solution from ever useful stack overflow that worked like a charm for me.

solution:

Just open Tools -> Options -> Projects and Solutions -> VC++ Directories

and add these lines :

1.$(SystemRoot)\System32
2.$(SystemRoot)
3.$(SystemRoot)\System32\wbem

Now back to work!!!

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