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Setting The Path and Environment Variables


You don’t need to update windows to be able to set the path and environment variables.

On Windows 8:

Step 1: Starting from the Desktop, right-click the bottom-left corner of the screen, which will open the Power User Task Menu. Next click System.

Step 2: Look for the Advanced System Settings link in the left column and click on it.

Step 3: When in the System Properties window, click on the Advanced tab, and then hit the Environment Variables button (which you’ll find near the bottom of the tab).

Step 4: In the Environment Variables window, highlight the Path variable within the System variables section and then click the Edit button. Now you can add or modify the path lines with the paths you want your computer to access. Separate different directories using semicolons, as demonstrated below:

C:\Program Files;C:\Winnt;C:\Winnt\System32

You can also edit other environment variables by simply highlighting the variable in the System variables section and clicking Edit. In case you wish to create a new environment variable, just click New and enter the variable name and its value.

Also note that you can view and set the path in the Windows command line. To do that, use the path command.

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On Windows Vista and Windows 7:

Step 1: Starting from the Desktop, right-click the Computer icon and go to Properties. If you can’t find the Computer icon on your desktop, just go to Start, then right-click Computer and select Properties from there.

Step 2: Click the Advanced System Settings button located within the left column.

Step 3: Now that you should be in the System properties window, click on the Advanced tab, followed by clicking the Environment Variables button, which you will find close to the bottom of the tab.

Step 4: Just as described above, once in the Environment Variables window, highlight the Path variable within the System variables section and then click the Edit button. You can add or modify the path lines with the paths you want your computer to access, separating different directories by using semicolons, as demonstrated below:

C:\Program Files;C:\Winnt;C:\Winnt\System32

You can also edit other environment variables by simply highlighting the variable in the System variables section and clicking Edit. In case you wish to create a new environment variable, just click New and enter the variable name and its value.

Also note that you can view and set the path in the Windows command line. To do that, use the path command.

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On Windows 2000 and Windows XP:

In these instances, the path is managed by Windows 2000 and Windows XP instead of the autoexec.bat or autoexec.nt files, as was the case with the previous versions of the operating system. Here’s how to change the system environment variables:

Step 1: Starting from the Desktop, right-click My Computer and then click Properties. In case there’s no My Computer icon on your desktop, go to Start, right-click the My Computer button you will find in the Start menu, and select Properties from there.

Step 2: Click on the Advanced tab you’ll find in the System Properties window.

Step 3: In the Advanced section, hit the Environment Variables button.

Step 4: In the Environment Variable window, highlight the Path variable in the System Variable section and click the Edit button. You can add or modify the path lines with the paths you want your computer to access, separating different directories by using semicolons, as demonstrated below:

C:\Program Files;C:\Winnt;C:\Winnt\System32

You can also edit other environment variables by simply highlighting the variable in the System variables section and clicking Edit. In case you wish to create a new environment variable, just click New and enter the variable name and its value.

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Also note that you can view and set the path in the Windows command line. To do that, use the path command.

What is the default Windows Environment Path?

Since the path depends on what programs you have installed on your computer, there is nothing you can refer to as the default path. There is, however, something called the Windows minimum path, which is usually this one:

%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem

Every time you install new programs, the path is updated with the paths for the new additions. This means that if you’ve erased your path after installing other programs, this could have an effect on those programs.

Finally, if you want to view and set the path in MS-DOS and in the Windows command line, just use the path command.


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