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Setting new Syste, Variables using PowerShell Skript

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Hello there,

I`m trying to set some own system-wide Windows environment-variables on Windows 7 machines using a Powershell-Skript:

The skript looks as following:

[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("JAVA_HOME", "D:\Entwicklung\Programme\eclipse\jre", "Machine")
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("JBOSS_DEPLOY", "D:\Entwicklung\Programme\jboss-as\server\default\deploy", "Machine")
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("JBOSS_HOME", "D:\Entwicklung\Programme\jboss-as", "Machine")
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("M2_HOME", "D:\Entwicklung\Programme\apache-maven", "Machine")
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("TOMCAT_HOME", "D:\Entwicklung\Programme\apache-tomcat", "Machine")
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("ANT_HOME", "D:\Entwicklung\Programme\apache-ant", "Machine")


[System.Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("PATH", $Env:Path + ";D:\Entwicklung\Programme\mysql\bin;D:\Entwicklung\Programme\apache-maven\bin;D:\Entwicklung\Programme\apache-ant\bin;D:\Entwicklung\Programme\eclipse\jre\bin", "Machine")

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The last command works fine, the path is set correctly.
But the lines before, where new variables should be created (system-wide and permanently) fail in the skript.
When I execute those commands in a Powershell-session the variables are set.

Has anybody a tip what I`m doing wrong. I`m calling the .ps1-Script in an administrative PowerShell-Session.

Is there a way to execute those commands by right-clicking the scripts.

Thanks a lot
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I tried your script and it's working smoothly on my computer. All you have to do is make sure that you have full admin privileges.

Review this article .. it might help you if you missed something
Permanent Changes to Environment Variables
At my computer there is only set the PATH correctly. There is no other Variable like JAVA_HOME getting created.
I want those variables to be permanenty as Machine-variables for all users.

It should Show up in:
RightClick "Computer"->"Properties"->Advanced System Properties"->"Environment variables"-> "System-variables".

I open a Powershel with Right-Click->"Run as administrator" and then start the script from console.

As I said, Editing PATH works, but Creating new Machine-variables doesn`t work.
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
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Accessing via  $env:JBOSS_DEPLOY  will not work, use
   [Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable("JBOSS_DEPLOY","Machine")

instead.

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