Would you like to learn how to use a group policy to add an environment variable on Windows? In this tutorial, we will show you how to create a group policy to configure an environment variable on Windows.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• Windows 10
• Windows 11

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Tutorial GPO - Add an environment variable

On the domain controller, open the group policy management tool.

Windows - Group Policy management

Create a new group policy.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Objects

Enter a name for the new group policy.

Windows - Add GPO

In our example, the new GPO was named: MY-GPO.

On the Group Policy Management screen, expand the folder named Group Policy Objects.

Right-click your new Group Policy Object and select the Edit option.

Windows - Edit GPO

On the group policy editor screen, expand the Computer configuration folder and locate the following item.

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Create a new environment variable.

GPO - New Environment Variable

Select the type of environment variable.

Enter a name to the environment variable.

Enter a value to the environment variable.

GPP - Environment Variable

To save the group policy configuration, you need to close the Group Policy editor.

Congratulations! You have finished the GPO creation.

Tutorial GPO - Add an environment variable

On the Group policy management screen, you need to right-click the Organizational Unit desired and select the option to link an existent GPO.

Windows-2012-Applocker application

In our example, we are going to link the group policy named MY-GPO to the root of the domain.

GPO- tutorial linking

After applying the GPO you need to wait for 10 or 20 minutes.

During this time the GPO will be replicated to other domain controllers.

On a remote computer, start a Powershell command line.

Start Powershell

Verify if the environment variable was created.

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Here is the expected command output.

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In our example, we created an environment variable using a GPO.