Meteor not recognized as internal or external command on Windows 7


I had Meteor running on a Windows 7 machine. I uinstalled NodeJS and then reinstalled it. Unfortunately, after I reinstalled it meteor no long works. That is to say when I type “meteor” on the command line, it responds with:

‘meteor’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

I uninstalled and reinstalled meteor rebooting between steps, but still no avail. I checked another machine and found that it installs itself to c:\users<user>\AppData\Local.meteor this directory is not found after at the install on the problem machine.

How can I get meteor back?

'meteor' is not recognized as an internal or external command

This turned out to be a problem with the PATH variable. One item in the path didn’t have a closing double quote. Once I fixed that issue and reinstalled meteor the issue was resolved.


How do they have to look like? I changed my variable, too and now it doesn’t work anymore, what do I have to do to make it work again?


Got it, I just gave it the path to the meteor folder that was created with the first installation


hello i got same issue please check screen shot.

meteor is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file


Hi all, just signing up to say I too am getting this. Windows 7 64bit.

I run the installer, I create (or log in to) my account and almost instantly I get shown the “Meteor is installed” page “Open up a command prompt” etc etc. But as it stands the meteor command is not recognised.

I see no mention of meteor in the PATH env and if I search my computer for “meteor” I see no related files.

I’m not getting any form of error message / log (as far as I can tell!).

Does the installer run off and grab more files? The office I am working from has quite a strict firewall in place. If the installer does go and get files can I have a domain / location that I can have the network admins whitelist?

As a side note, as this is a problem I’ve had with other programs (e.g. cordova at one point) my windows username is “forename surname” so the user directory is C:\Users\Forename Surname\ and this space caused issues with command line tools



Try adding %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\.meteor; to your PATH.

If your system path doesn’t work, try the user path.


Bingo! That’s it! Not sure when windows search didn’t find it, but your fix worked, so thank you very much!