How do I get rid of error "'.' is not recognized as an internal or external command" when running 'npm install' for MEAN stack?

Problem

downloaded mean stck zip from mean.io did an npm install after few minutes I got an error. Please see screenshot. what do I do?

screenshot

npm http 200 https://registry.npmjs.org/event-emitter/-/event-e
mitter-0.2.2.tgz

> mean@1.0.0 postinstall C:\ss\D1\google\04\mean\mean-stack
> ./node_modules/bower/bin/bower install

'.' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
npm ERR! weird error 1
npm ERR! not ok code 0
Problem courtesy of: user2712585

Solution

Looks like mean stacks postinstall script is hardcoded with Unix style paths. In Unix ./somethig/or/another signifies accessing the something directory starting HERE (the meaning of .).

I'd suggest submitting a bug on their GitHub page to start. Then you might be able to get away with editing the package.json to have the post install script use Windows style paths. It would be something like node_modules\bower\bin\bower install. I don't have windows so cannot say for certain.

Solution courtesy of: Morgan ARR Allen

Discussion

If you want to call something from node_modules/bin, you don't have to point at it directly. You can just call the tool by name in NPM script definition, i.e.:

"postinstall": "bower install"
Discussion courtesy of: fracz

The postinstall doesn't work really well now for this repository on Windows. Try to run npm install -g bower and then bower install in the project's folder. It should do the same thing without postinstall.

Discussion courtesy of: John Doe

This recipe can be found in it's original form on Stack Over Flow.