npm is not recognized as internal or external command operable program or batch file

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I am completely new to nodejs and have been trying to get nodejs to work on my Windows 2008 box in order to install Karma which I would use for TDDing my AngularJs code. I have done the following steps so far

  1. Install using Chocolatey ==> npm is not recognised

  2. Install using 64-bit nodejs installer from ==> npm is not recognised

  3. At this stage, running where npm gives me c:\User\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\npm which has nothing in it

  4. I figured out that node js is installed in C:\Program Files\nodejs. Opening a command prompt in this directory makes npm work fine.

  5. So I added C:\Program Files\nodejs to PATH only to get the same error again that npm is not recognized

  6. One of the github issues on nodejs repository says that I need to restart the machine and fix it. But that has not helped so far

  7. I do see a Node.js icon in my Start -> Programms menu which takes me to node js console but I'm not sure what to do with that.

Have I missed any important step in the process? I figured out that if I open "Node Js command prompt" from program files, then npm is recognized. How do I make it work on a normal command prompt?

Feb 10 in Others by Soham
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To your existing lines of code, include this additional line:-

;C:\Program Files\nodejs\

This will enable you to end your Path variable on the "User variable" section of the Environment Variables on the System Properties. Once concluded, reopen your command prompt and type


Which should help the program work.

answered Feb 10 by Rahul
• 8,980 points

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