Can’t edit environment variables in windows 10

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It doesn’t work for me either, even though I’m an admin on the system.

I got around it by opening the System page in Control Panel (Win+X -> Y), going to “Advanced system settings”, then clicking “Environment Variables”. That properly launches the edit window and it works.

By the way, when was the graphical list view of the Path variable introduced? I remember having to manually edit the string, but now a window shows up that lists each path entry in rows. Was that added in Win10?

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Hello,

Glad you found a work around and resolved the issue by your own. We hope the information shared will help other community members in resolving similar issue as the above.

Yes, the graphical list view of the PATH was newly introduced in Windows 10 operating system. PATH is an environment variable on most of the operating system specifying a set of directories where executable programs are located.

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Unfortunately, the work around only lets you set environment variables for the administrator account. You cannot set environment variables for you local non-administrative account.

You can normally set local environment variables in two ways:
• Search for “environment” and select “Edit environment variables for your account”.
• Select Control Panel > User Accounts > User Accounts > Change my environment variables
but in both cases you get no response.

This has been broken in Windows 10 for about a year. How has it not been fixed by now? I wonder if Microsoft even knows it is broken.

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Unfortunately, the work around only lets you set environment variables for the administrator account. You cannot set environment variables for you local non-administrative account.

You can normally set local environment variables in two ways:
• Search for “environment” and select “Edit environment variables for your account”.
• Select Control Panel > User Accounts > User Accounts > Change my environment variables
but in both cases you get no response.

This has been broken in Windows 10 for about a year. How has it not been fixed by now? I wonder if Microsoft even knows it is broken.

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