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Published 8th December 2016 by

Windows 10 Creators Update removes the "Open Command Prompt here" context menu entry and replaces it with "Open PowerShell window here". Microsoft has decided that the trusty old command prompt is too old and dated and will be phasing it out. They are now making PowerShell the de facto command shell in Windows 10.

Microsoft continues to faze out Command Prompt in favour of PowerShell. In a recent Windows Update, PowerShell replaces the Command Prompt (aka, "cmd.exe") in the WIN + X menu, in File Explorer's File menu, and in the context menu that appears when you shift-right-click the whitespace in File Explorer.

Typing "cmd" or "powershell" in File Explorer's address bar will remain a quick way to launch the command shell at that location.

For those who prefer to use Command Prompt, you can opt out of the WIN + X change by opening Settings > Personalization > Taskbar, and turning "Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X" to "Off".

To get Command Prompt back to the File menu for File Explorer, or in the extended context menu (Shift + Right-click) you need to make a quick registry change. Although not difficult, the process is quite involved. Full instructions here.

Here is what Microsoft has to say about the change Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14971 for PC

In an effort to bring the best command line experiences to the forefront for all power users, PowerShell is now the defacto command shell from File Explorer.
Do you agree with Microsoft? Has the old DOS command prompt reached retirement? Is PowerShell great as a day-to-day alternative? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
One thought on “Get Back Open Command Window Here Context Menu
  • 29th December 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Would be nice to know a more permanent way to restore the right-click context menu because the changes are undone every time Microsoft releases an update.


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