Changing Environment Variables

I’m occasionally using a beta program that requires me to change the search path.  The procedure for doing this in Vista seems to be something that Microsoft do not wish to talk about, and I have to search the web to remind myself how to do it; so I’m going to post the procedure here and maybe I’ll remember it.

Click on the “Start” button and select “Computer”

Right click and select “properties”

Select “Advanced System Settings” from the left

It should display the “Advanced” tab; Click on the “Environment Variables” button

Find the “Path” variable on the “System Variables” list.

Click the “Edit” button

Edit the path, and click OK three times


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2 Responses to Changing Environment Variables

  1. Harlan Grove says:

    There may be a better way: use batch files to load programs with nonstandard configurations, in this case a nonstandard environment. For example, if you need to change the path to run FOOBAR.EXE, use a batch file like

    @echo off
    set PATH=…whatever…
    start …path to…\FOOBAR.EXE

    Windows applications launched from batch files inherit their environments from that of the console process from which they were launched. Further, the changed environment is limited to the console process and any separate processes launched from the console process.

    Simpler AND safer than changing the standard environment.


  2. dougaj4 says:

    Thanks Harlan. That should definitely make life easier (and safer) than messing around with the standard environment in a nasty little edit box.


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