minted not finding pygments.sty after --shell-escape set

when I run pygmentize -V in my terminal I get

Pygments version 2.3.1, (c) 2006-2017 by Georg Brandl.

my Options -> Configure TexStudio -> Commands -> PdfLaTeX is set to

pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode --shell-escape %.tex

The first error log I get when trying to compile is: File pygments.sty' not found.

I know there is tons of questions regarding this, but I have looked most of them up without any solution.

my imports are in following order

\documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\usepackage{minted}
\usepackage{graphicx}
...


The message I get when trying to run is

Error: Could not start the command: PdfLaTeX

To be fair, I can't get the error messages to dissapear. Even after deleting everything the log and the error message persists when trying to compile. I might have broken something pretty severily.

Edit

apparently the compiler is misconfigured or something. After deleting everything and attempting to build it says

Error: Could not start the command: Compile & View

Even after restoring default command pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex, making sure it is the default compiler PdfLaTeX and deleting all auxiliary files.

even though the whole file is

\documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

\begin{document}
\section{Introduction}

\end{document}


it won't compile.

• On Windows, you need to add to the path of your system C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python38\Scripts after finding the exact path on your computer (the given path is an example) – AndréC Oct 20 at 22:56
• @AndréC I don't use windows, but it would make sense. However I have broken something pretty severely and has made a new post tex.stackexchange.com/questions/567645/… – Jonas Grønbek Oct 20 at 22:56
• It's the same principle, you have to find in which folder the pygmentize .... script is located and add it to the PATH. – AndréC Oct 20 at 23:00
• @AndréC have you seen my other post? I doubt that is the issue when not even including packages that utilizes any python highlighting or code for that matter – Jonas Grønbek Oct 20 at 23:01
• After resolving your your issue with pdflatex in itself, you should be good to go. And even in Windows you would not need to setup PATH for pygmentize to work (I use windows and pygments with pythontex`). – Tomáš Kruliš Oct 21 at 7:17