thanks for that link, I do really appreciate you helping.
This is where (or to be more precise another point where..) I am a complete noob at, being self taught I only learnt the stuff that I knew I needed to know at the time and this area isn't one of them from what i remember of that link, VSCode only has environmental references to VSCode itself and the working file/directory and nowhere else, it seems to be on a lot of peoples wish list for the last 4+ years but for some reason it has not been implemented. The relative path module I think is to help find files quickly for the apps you are building, I don't think it works within the JSON files. Finally although I understand the idea of PATH my noobiness is strong with this one, I understand that for some PATHs definitions need Admin access and I can't get that at work, plus at the moment I have no idea how to do it, I',m assuming I could create a .bat file to so the job but alas for now I'll just manually change the json files until I have more time to beat this bugger.
thanks again for the help