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I have just edited my PATH variable, adding one directory at the end.

When I run CMD.EXE from the start menu and typed PATH, I could see my new directory.

But when I opened a command window by shift-right clicking a folder in windows explorer and choosing 'open command window here', and then typed PATH, I couldn't find my addition.

Why are the contents of the PATH variables different?

How do I set the PATH variable of 'open command window here' command window?

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Tried after a reboot? –  HaydnWVN Jul 11 '12 at 16:08

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What happens if you type echo %path% and press enter, in both Windows and compare the difference? I've just added c:\test to my System Variables, right clicked my D drive and done open prompt here then echo %path% does indeed show my extra path...

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Like @HaydnWVN said in the comment, I need to reboot the PC. After reboot the new directory appears in the path of 'open command window here'.

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Any way to actually avoid the reboot? –  Byrån Mar 30 '13 at 0:00

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