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Windows 7: What are Environment Variables in Computer?

22 Aug 2012   #1
x BlueRobot

 
What are Environment Variables in Computer?

Hey,

Can anyone explain are environment variables are within the Advanced System Settings of Computer? I've had to create a new environment variable for a Java complier, and I was just wondering what exactly are environment variables are and why are they used?

Thanks,

Harry

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22 Aug 2012   #2
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
Hey,

Can anyone explain are environment variables are within the Advanced System Settings of Computer? I've had to create a new environment variable for a Java complier, and I was just wondering what exactly are environment variables are and why are they used?

Thanks,

Harry

P.S I've attached some screenshots.
Path is a system wide environment variable!! Not a user one!
extend the path variable with the path you want. For example:

PATH=C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v 1.0\;C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static;C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Shared;C:\Program Files (x86)\QuickTime\QTSystem\

Note the semicolon between the items!

It's the default search path if it doesn't know explicit where to look
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22 Aug 2012   #3
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22 Aug 2012   #4
x BlueRobot

 

Thanks for your comments (:
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