Starting with Windows 10 build 14971, Microsoft enabled PowerShell by default in the Win+X menu. Some news sites immediately reported that Microsoft is killing the command prompt. While nobody knows yet what Microsoft's plan is regarding cmd.exe's possible removal, it is not gone in Windows 10 build 14971. You can get the command prompt back in the Win+X menu with just a few clicks.
Here is how the Win+X menu looks like in Windows 10 build 14971:
The two PowerShell commands are added instead of the command prompt.
If you are not happy with this change, do the following.
Add Command Prompt back to Win+X Menu in Windows 10 Creators Update
- Right click the taskbar and select "Settings" in the context menu:
- The Settings app will be opened directly at the "Taskbar" page:
There, find the option "Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X".
- Turn off the mentioned option:
It is possible that some day Microsoft will merge Windows PowerShell with Command Prompt and remove the older console. PowerShell is already able to execute classic DOS commands and console apps. But for now, you can use both tools and switch between them.
Tip: you can restore classic Control Panel applets in Windows 10 build 14971. See the article How to restore Control Panel items in Win+X menu in Windows 10 Creators Update.
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