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What is a way for a novice user to retreive the environment variables on an XP machine?

I need to ask a user to do this but it needs to be very simple and easy to copy into an email.

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Is better use SET on CMD to get all enviroiment variable. PATH only returns you PATH variable not all variables in the enviroment.

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I guess you could put this in a batch file and have them just double-click it.

@echo off
set > paths.txt

Then have the user email the paths.txt to you.

  • Too difficult for a novice user. They won't want to use the command prompt. – CJ7 Jun 15 '12 at 6:39
  • Put that in a batch file then? – VenkatH Jun 15 '12 at 6:42
  • I have to advise over the phone. – CJ7 Jun 15 '12 at 6:45
  • why not exchange mails instead? I'm sure both parties will be attentive to incoming mails. – WikiWitz Jun 15 '12 at 6:47
  • Host the batch script online, so they can download it and run it on their own computer? – iglvzx Jun 15 '12 at 6:48
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I would suggest getting information from GUI thing is much easier and simple as getting it from command-prompt or batch file for a novice user.

Whenever I want to check my environment variables by:

  1. Press Window key + R >
  2. Type SystemPropertiesAdvanced.exe and Press Enter
  3. It opens up a window which has Environment Variables button, Click it, or Press Alt+n

It will open up the dialog that gives information about all Environment variables.

  • Will that work for XP? – CJ7 Jun 15 '12 at 8:18

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