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Automatic %PATH% change desired

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    Automatic %PATH% change desired

    Before you jump in, I know how to use the path command. That's not the problem. This is, or used to be, a really simple thing to do. I want to add a new directory to the default path searched for executables, and have that done automatically every time I start my 'puter. Back when AUTOEXEC.BAT was not just a placeholder, I would add the path command there. Is there somewhere equivalent to this using the registry? Thanks for your response.

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    An alternate way is if you are comfortable with Registry Editor then go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment
    and change the value of the Path

    Cheers !!!
    Last edited by topgundcp; 27 Mar 2013 at 02:04.
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    Why do you want to do this every time you start your computer instead of making a permanent change to the PATH environment variable?
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    Thanks Topgun, the registry location was exactly what I was looking for.

    Ztrucker, that's cute. Do you think the path exists before you turn the computer on? Deeply philosophical question, yours.
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    Yes, the path is always there unless you remove it, or am I not understanding your question?

    What I mean is, turn it on.
    Change the PATH environment variable via Computer Properties / Advanced.
    Done, never needs to be changed again.

    I've been known to be a bit dense at times so it's possible I'm completely misunderstanding you.
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    You're welcome.
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