Right, working.

I copied and renamed the qgis.bat.tmpl file as qgis.bat and added
PATH %systemroot%\system32; %systemroot%; %systemroot%\system32\wbem
after the first @ECHO off line. (thanks M H , Polygeo and underdark for
your sharing on this)

Then ran the new qgis.bat from C:>

This works but is a bit of longhand.  I tried creating a shortcut on my
taskbar but it gives the same lost in time - lost in space sort of response
I was getting earlier...



Chris Berens, GISc
www.mapland.co.za
+27 (0)82 567 9322

On 21 July 2016 at 11:04, Chris Berens <ch...@mapland.co.za> wrote:

> So I _can_ see my son has been loading JDK and Notepad++ (!) and now I
> can't open Essen or Lyon.  The files they call out for are there but they
> are not talking.
>
> There is some chat about this out there, mostly concerning the
> bin\qgis.dat file.  In Lyon mine looks like this:
> @echo off
> call "%~dp0\o4w_env.bat"
> @echo off
> path %OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\qgis\bin;%PATH%
> set QGIS_PREFIX_PATH=%OSGEO4W_ROOT:\=/%/apps/qgis
> set GDAL_FILENAME_IS_UTF8=YES
> rem Set VSI cache to be used as buffer, see #6448
> set VSI_CACHE=TRUE
> set VSI_CACHE_SIZE=1000000
> set
> QT_PLUGIN_PATH=%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\qgis\qtplugins;%OSGEO4W_ROOT%\apps\qt4\plugins
> start "QGIS" /B "%OSGEO4W_ROOT%"\bin\qgis-bin.exe %*
>
> There is no Essen\bin\qgis.dat file. Even after uninstalling C++ runtime,
> Essen, reinstall C++, Essen.  Therefore no icons in Start or Desktop?
>
> Apologies for posting this here if it does not relate to QGIS users.
> Please suggest fora as indicated.
>
>
> Chris Berens, GISc
> www.mapland.co.za
> +27 (0)82 567 9322
>
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