Windows 10 command prompt

Where Did The Windows 10 Command Prompt Go?

 

Have you been missing the Windows 10 Command Prompt on some menus? Yes? Me too! But I quickly found the culprit. It was the Fall Creators Update. But no worries, you can get it back with a couple of easy steps.

Since the Fall Creators Update, the command prompt menu item has been replaced by PowerShell in three places:

  • Win+x (power user) menu
  • File Explorer’s File menu
  • Shift+right-click on Desktop, directories, and drives

Why I want the Windows 10 Command Prompt back

Granted, PowerShell is much more powerful than the venerable command prompt. And yes, you can do everything in PowerShell that you can do with the command prompt. So why the big fuss? You will have to learn all new commands for one. For another, I don’t like change, especially if there is no benefit. 

Like the command prompt (“cmd”), you can run “PowerShell” from the “Run” window (Win+r). But neither will run in the context of a drive or folder. Both will open with the default directory C:\Users\username. I never use commands in that directory. I always have to change it first. What a bother! If I would rather use the command prompt, why not make it the easiest to use?

How to get the Command Prompt back

In the Win +x menu:

It is simple to get the command prompt menu item back in the Win+x (power users) menu. Just go to “Settings” (Win+i), then to “Personalization,” and turn off the setting – “Replace command prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows Key + X.”

replace command prompt with PowerShell

 

In the Shift + right-click menu:

It is a bit more difficult to get the command prompt menu item back in the shift + right-click menu. But it is nowhere as difficult as some blog posts make it out to be. Most of them call for a convoluted process of using regedit to change permissions on registry keys and then editing them. Not only is this too much for most users to tackle, it can be dangerous to mess with the registry.

Here is a much easier way. This way still changes the registry, but it is much easier and less dangerous. First, download a utility program called Winaero Tweaker.  

Run Winaero Tweaker, and scroll about halfway down the menu to find Context Menu. There are a lot of useful options here, but our mission is to get the command prompt menu item back. Select “Command Prompt” from the menu on the left. Tick the box “Add Command Prompt to Context Menu” and click the “Apply Changes” button.

Winaero Tweaker
Winaero Tweaker

This will not only add the Windows 10 command prompt to the Shift + Right-click menu but also to the simple Right-click menu unless you click the option to “Show only in Shift + Right-click (extended) menu.”  I also chose to add “Command Prompt as Administrator.” Interestingly, both the command prompt and PowerShell will be available on the Shift + Right-click menu.

Unfortunately, I have not yet found a way to get the command prompt back on File Explorer’s File menu. That is where I used it the most. I guess I will just need to get used to right-clicking. Have you missed the command prompt on menus? Comment below and let us know!

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Where Did The Windows 10 Command Prompt Go?
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Where Did The Windows 10 Command Prompt Go?
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Have you been missing the Windows 10 Command Prompt on some menus? Yes? Me too! But I quickly found the culprit. It was the Fall Creators Update. But no worries, you can get it back with a couple of easy steps.
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