Windows Server 2012 R2 – Change Environment Variables


What a source of frustration!! I’m only a lowly BI Developer so figuring this out for myself was made pretty horrible by the seemingly complete lack of documentation from Microsoft.

There are a couple of ways to get to your environment variables in Windows Server 2012.

Way 1:

1: Windows Key > Right-click on This PC and select Properties


2: Click on Advanced system settings on the left


3: Select Environment Variables


Way 2:

1: Windows Key > Type ‘Control Panel’ and open the Control Panel

2: Select User Accounts


3: Select User Accounts (yes… again)


4: Edit button for Environment Variables appears


Happy Hunting!

5 thoughts on “Windows Server 2012 R2 – Change Environment Variables

  1. Dawn

    One other thing…. once you get to environmental variables, the System variables buttons (new, edit, delete) are greyed out as read only. Do you see the same? I need to set up system variables.


  2. Paul

    This is exactly what I needed as well. We know Microsoft has hidden it in there somewhere. It is just a question of which twisty maze path will reach it.


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