How to Set Environment Variables in Windows 10

In Windows 10, an environment variable has the power to effect the way running “processes” take place on a computer system. You are able to set environment variables in Windows 10 with the steps below:

Setting Environment Variables

  • Once logged in to Windows, you need to “Right Click the Corner Button” on the left side of the screen.
  • When you will click left corner of your screen, “Power User Task Menu” will open.


  • Click “System” from the Power User Task Menu displaying on screen.


  • Under “System” menu, you need to find “Advanced System Settings”.
  • Click on the “Advanced System Settings” link in the left column Under “System”.


  • Once the Advanced System Settings are open, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Environment Variables” option you will find on the bottom right side. 


  • Under the environment variables window, choose or highlight the “PATH” variable in the “System Variables” section shown on window.


  • After highlighting PATH variable from “System Variables” click the Edit button.
  • You can add or modify the path lines with the paths you want your computer to access.
  • You will find that each different directory is separated with a semicolon, for example:-

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

  • There are also other options of variables too to highlight rather than PATH in the “System Variables” section if you want to look by clicking Edit.
  • View and set the path in the Windows command line. you can use the PATH COMMAND and view it.

There are different kinds of Environmental variables, which include- PATH, HOME and USER PROFILE, HOME and APP DATA, TERM, PS1, MAIL and TEMP etc. These variables are very useful and can be used in two ways – for scripts and on the command line.

Posted by Yogesh on February 18, 2016

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