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Editing system environment variables in Windows 8 and adding new PATH variable

Editing System Environment Variables Here’s a small guide on editing system environment variables in Windows 8 – this is needed to run Java properly or play games such as Minecraft on Windows 8

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1. Step Right-click on the Computer icon on your PC, then on Properties
Computer Properties

2. Step Next click on the link Advanced System Settings as seen below

Advanced Setting

3. Step Go to the tab Advanced and click the button Environment Variables

Environment Variables Editor

4. Step Now scroll through the list System variables until you find the variable Path. If you don’t find it, click on New to create the variable. If it already exists, double-click on Path and separate new paths using a semi-colon between program paths (this is important!)

Image: Creating a new Path variable when it does NOT exist

Creating A New Variable

5. Step Enter the path (ONLY do this when the path variable does NOT exist or you might end up breaking some programs)

Entering Path

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Published: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 Last Modified: March 27, 2012

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