My variable value in path is as follows

C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\;C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\;%PYTHON_HOME%\;%PYTHON_HOME%\Scripts;C:\SQLite

When I type echo %Path% on command prompt, I get below output

PS C:\Users\Arun> echo %Path%

Why is this?

  • if you see PS at the start of the prompt PS C:\Users\Arun> then it's the default prompt string of powershell, not cmd
    – phuclv
    Nov 27, 2019 at 6:09

2 Answers 2


PowerShell uses a different syntax than Windows Command Prompt.

Use $Env:Path or Get-ChildItem Env:Path to retrieve the PATH variable.

Source: Creating and Modifying Environment Variables - Microsoft Technet


Since Windows 10 Insider Build 14971 Microsoft changed the default command shell to be PowerShell instead of cmd.

PowerShell handles environment variables differently to cmd.

To display their values in PowerShell use the following syntax:



> echo %Path%
> $Env:Path
C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\apps\WSCC\Sysinternals Suite;C:\apps\WSCC\NirSoft Utilities

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