I set my variable like this:

SET Ant="%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\Downloads\apache-ant-1.9.0-bin\apache-ant-1.9.0\bin"

:: Set Path variable  
setx PATH "%Ant%" /m

Then, the result for the path variable is :


As we can see, environnement variables are expanded.

I would like them not to be expanded to set my path variable like this:


Is there a way to not expand environnement variables ?

  • And the question is? – Falcon Momot Jan 24 '14 at 10:15
  • @Falcon Momot I've edited the question to improve it – krisFR Jan 24 '14 at 12:51

This do the trick on my Win7 :

SET Ant=^%HOMEDRIVE^%^%HOMEPATH^%\Downloads\apache-ant-1.9.0-bin\apache-ant-1.9.0\bin

setx PATH "%Ant%" /m

Let's check if everything is ok :

echo %Ant%

set | findstr Ant

Everything seems ok :)

To makes it work i had to :

  • Escape % characters using carets (^).
  • Remove double quotes.

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