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Exploring Windows 10 Environment Variables

For a simple computer user, hearing the word environment variables should seem as an example of pro environmental products and it is usual. There may comes a time that this word may be encountered especially during Windows 10 errors or Operating System malfunctioning. In Melt Comics Blog one may find ways on fixing those kinds of errors and malfunctions. However, even for a simple OS user, it is important to know the basics about ‘environment variables’.

 

Windows 10 Environment Variables

 

Basically, operating system’s environment variables are changes that characterize the setting in which programs operate. Environment variables have a specific name and equivalent distinction especially in Windows 10 and other Microsoft Operating Systems. One example is the windir which means Windows directory. Its equivalent distinction is C:\Windows or it could be another location in which Windows is initiated.

 

Generally, almost every operating system have environment variables. Environment variables theoretically means the same for all OS. However, its implementation and usage are generally different.

 

Environment variables may be found in almost every operating systems including Linux, Windows, and OS X.

 

Ways to view Windows 10 Environment Variables using Cortana

 

Few steps are required in order to discover the environment variables in Windows 10. Here are the step-by-step process.

 

  1. Search by using Cortana’s search box.
  2. Click the button ‘Edit the system environment variables’ in the search result.
  3. In case you wish Cortana to do it, just simply utter ‘Open environment variables’. Automatically, Cortana will open them as commanded.

 

With these steps, the window for Environment Variables can be opened. However, keep in mind that slight differences on the appearance may be observed depending on the version of Windows. But in Windows 10 and Windows 7, the buttons and options provided operate and run on the same manner.

Other ways to access Windows 10 Environment Variables

Viewing the environment variables has specific steps to follow. Meanwhile, accessing it may be achieved in various ways.

 

1. Accessing it through the computer’s Control Panel

 

This is the universal method in viewing environment variable. It also run in the same process in all Windows versions.

 

2. Accessing it via the Run Window

 

The Run Window or Window + R can also be used in a very simple way. Just type ‘systempropertiesadvanced.exe’ then tap OK.

 

3. Viewing it using Command Prompt or via the PowerShell

 

For Command Prompt, just type the word ‘Set’ and click Enter. Meanwhile, if opting for PowerShell, simply input the command ‘Get-ChildItemEnv:’ and tap the Enter button.

 

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