Thursday, June 13, 2013

Set Environment Variables in Win XP

Set Environment Variables in Win XP

Hi Friends!

I apologize again for not continuing with BSOD chapter. I know, some of you would be feeling that this punk is overflowing with ideas & not completing the earlier ones. But, as an adage goes, 'Don't blame the person, blame the situation.' Well I guess, it all fits in here well.

In my quest to help people, when I encounter some one stuck up with something, I feel( and I hope you'l agree) that his priority increase manifold!

So in this post, I am going to talk on how to set up environment privileges in XP machine(same steps follows for Win7).

So let's get started.

Topic: Set environment variable in Win XP.

Let us first understand what Environment variables mean:

Many Operating Systems use environment variables to pass configuration information to applications. They are used as key/value pair where both the key and the value are strings.

Step 1: Right click My Computer -> Properties

Step 2: Click on Advanced tab. There you will find Environment Variables button at the bottom of the page.


Step 3: You will see a screen as the one below.

Now to create a new environment variable, click on New(enclosed in rectangle)

Step 4: Now give the key/ value pair you like to make as environment variables.

The Path environment variable

The path variable to a file basically represents its location on the file system. It tell the OS, where to find that file. Typically, a group of directories which are repeatedly used, are found. To see, what the path variables contains, go to cmd -> 'echo %PATH%' (don't worry about the case, they are not case-sensitive).


As you can see, there are multiple values, each separated by ';'.

In the same way, you can double click on the variable on the variable in step 3.

So, I guess my java friends won't find issues in this section of the program.

Happy Coding!! ^o

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