Windows 10: How do I change environment variables in regular User account???

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  1.    04 Jan 2016 #11

    Be careful about changing those variables, I did that, ended up putting them back to default, 'cause a few program installations which were "hard-wired" to do things only one certain way, did not react well to the "missing" default setting.
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    Windows 10 Professional x64
       07 Apr 2016 #12

    AndreyT, I'm with you on this one, and I have to say some parts of this OS look really amateurish...

    Anyway, if you want to be able to change the environment variables as conveniently as before, you can make some slight changes to the SystemPropertiesAdvanced executable, located inside the System32 folder. I mean a copy of it, of course.

    You have to change its manifest so that it can run as a regular user. Fortunately, there's a nice tool called CFF Explorer that can do just that, part of the Explorer suite at Open the executable with CFF Explorer, go to Resource Editor => Configuration Files => 1. Right click, choose Save Resource (Raw), and save it wherever you like, a txt extension would be a good choice. Open the saved file with a text editor, it's the manifest. You have to replace "requireAdmin" with "asInvoker". In the CFF Explorer window, right click the resource again, and choose "Replace resource", then select the file you just edited. Finally click the save button in the CFF Explorer menu bar, overwrite the executable, and voilą, you can change non admin user environment variables with it.

    Notice how buttons to change the system env variables are greyed out. This means some people thought it can be executed as non admin, I guess...

    In case you're lazy or in a hurry, here's the file (64-bit), signed by me in an attempt to add some security. My SHA1 fingerprint is ‎94 bf 0f 7d 05 51 5a 80 ba 1d e2 67 7c d7 ed 4e ec ae fd cd.

    I can send you an unsigned version if you prefer, and/or its 32-bit counterpart, located in the SysWOW64 directory for 64-bit systems.

    Hope this helps !
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