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Is the home directory variable for Windows 8 the same as it was for Windows 7, %UserProfile%?

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i think yes. i have seen it somewhere else too – pratnala Dec 30 '12 at 9:22

To get a list of all currently define environment variables, just execute the following command:

set
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Windows 8:
Winkey +r
%userprofile%

Result: Explorer launches showing Appdata and My Document folders plus all the others.

To get a list of environment variables launch PowerShell and try:

Get-Item env:
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