How can I append a value to Path variable in Registry?

I want to create a batch file that will append a value to the existing Path variable.

For example, my current Path value is "C:\PROGRA~1\Borland\CBUILD~1\Bin;C:\PROGRA~1\Borland\CBUILD~1\Projects\Bpl".

I want to append the value "C:\mysql\bin" to whatever the value is on a given system.  If I were to run this batch file on my system, the value would become:


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You could try setx from the Win2000 resource kit

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setx path %path%;C:\mysql\bin -m

    or, if your path had any spaces in it:

setx path "%path%;C:\mysql\bin" -m

the [-m] sets the value for all users

panhead28Author Commented:
I can't install setX on clients so this won't work (which are XP), but thanks

Could you just leave setx.exe on a central network share and have the clients run it from there?


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panhead28Author Commented:
No, thats not possible.  What I am trying to do is create an install cd that will install a custom app and a mysql db.  I want the batch files to append the path variable, and then run the .sql scripts.  The cd will be mailed out to distributors across the US to demo the app.
It seems as if you want to start the Demo executing the batch file. Then why don't you just place a

set Path=%Path%;c:\mysql\bin

right before your script calls? then the path is only set locally, but it should be enough.

alternatively, doesn't mysql provide a possibility to set the path with its installation?

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Hi panhead,

thx for the points, but why is it a grade C? Aren't you satisfied with the answer?
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