[PowerShell] Add directory to Environment PATH variable

Interesting part here is ApplyImmediately parameter, which allows newly created processes to use updated PATH without rebooting.
NOTE: existing processes (such as PowerShell) cannot use updated PATH. You should rerun the process.

#requires -version 2

    [string] $AddedFolder,
    [bool] $ApplyImmediately = $true

$environmentRegistryKey = 'Registry::HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment'

$oldPath = (Get-ItemProperty -Path $environmentRegistryKey -Name PATH).Path

# See if a new folder has been supplied.

if (!$AddedFolder)
    Write-Warning 'No Folder Supplied. $ENV:PATH Unchanged'

if ($ENV:PATH | Select-String -SimpleMatch $AddedFolder)
    Write-Warning 'Folder already within $ENV:PATH'

$newPath = $oldPath + ’;’ + $AddedFolder

Set-ItemProperty -Path $environmentRegistryKey -Name PATH -Value $newPath

if ($ApplyImmediately)
    if (-not ("Win32.NativeMethods" -as [Type]))
        # import sendmessagetimeout from win32
        Add-Type -Namespace Win32 -Name NativeMethods -MemberDefinition @"
    [DllImport("user32.dll", SetLastError = true, CharSet = CharSet.Auto)]
    public static extern IntPtr SendMessageTimeout(
        IntPtr hWnd, uint Msg, UIntPtr wParam, string lParam,
        uint fuFlags, uint uTimeout, out UIntPtr lpdwResult);

    $HWND_BROADCAST = [IntPtr] 0xffff;
    $result = [UIntPtr]::Zero

    # notify all windows of environment block change
    [Win32.Nativemethods]::SendMessageTimeout($HWND_BROADCAST, $WM_SETTINGCHANGE, [UIntPtr]::Zero, "Environment", 2, 5000, [ref] $result);

About mnaoumov

Senior .NET Developer in Readify
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