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How to return Command Prompt to the Power User menu in Windows 10 Creators Update

How to add Command Prompt to the Power User menu in Windows 10 Creators Update

With the Creators Update came a few changes to the Windows 10 Power User menu (accessed by right-clicking the Start menu or using the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut), namely the removal of the Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin) options, which allowed users to quickly open a new window.

Instead, there are now Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell (Admin) options. Let's take a look at the differences between PowerShell and Command Prompt, and then we'll explain how to get Command Prompt back onto the Power User menu.

What's the difference between PowerShell and Command Prompt?

Command Prompt is something that is familiar to plenty of Windows users. It is based on the same DOS commands that have been used on DOS systems forever, and therefore it is limited in what it can do, especially for system administrators and advanced users. However, for most Windows users, Command Prompt is all that they'll ever need.

Windows PowerShell, on the other hand, is designed for more advanced uses, like registry editing. PowerShell uses "cmdlets," which are similar to regular command-line commands. These cmdlets, however, can provide an output that is piped into the input of another cmdlet, essentially letting a string of commands manipulate the same data. The result is both a command-line shell and a scripting language.

How to replace PowerShell with Command Prompt

If PowerShell doesn't seem like something you'll be working with, but you do use Command Prompt to quickly check your IP or perform other tasks, you can get Command Prompt back on the Power User menu.

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Personalization.
  1. Click Taskbar.
  2. Click the switch below Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell…

That's all there is to it. The next time you right-click the Start menu or use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut, Command Prompt will be back where it originally was on the Power User menu.

Are you happy that PowerShell is the default in the Power User menu, or do you prefer Command Prompt? Let us know in the comments

More information on the Creators Update

And for more details on the Windows 10 Creators Update, check out Senior Editor Zac Bowden's in-depth review.

See the definitive Windows 10 Creators Update review

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

28 Comments
  • Unfortunately this does nothing to bring back command prompt to the Shift+Right-click menu. Although, seeing that CP commands work in Powershell too, not much is lost.
  • Try this: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/cmd-here-windows-10-context-menu-add/
  • imho, I wouldn't do this even if I was a "basic" user... Powershell prompt allows you to do everything a CMD prompt does and tons more. Everything that works in CMD, works in PowerShell so my advice : don't change this. #powershell #ftw
  • Nevermind... I just read the reply below...
  • One other thing to note most command prompt commands can be done in the PowerShell command line. The ones that can't ("sc" is the only one I know of off the top of my head) can still be used by putting cmd.exe /c in front of it. The commands most users use such as ping, nslookup, ipconfig, etc can all still be done from PowerShell so switching this isn't really needed.
  • Or you can just call "sc.exe". The issue is that in PowerShell, "sc" is an alias for Set-Content, so using the full filename is an easy way of saying you want the executable not the cmdlet.
  • Yep that's an option too found that out the hard way when trying to make a script lol
  • This is really weird. I've still got the command prompt in windows pro. Is it missing for other people? What I lost was the control panel. which unfortunately, is still handy :/
  • Control panel (like java vm and flash) must die 👍
  • Also Command Prompt is not available in File Explorer now in Creators Update.
  • Yes, we need some way to bring this back
  • You can do this: https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/add-the-command-prompt-to-the-wi...
  • Why would anyone want to revert to a less advanced and less capable solution? I love power shell and especially its colours -- the commands are highlighted.
  • Because I have powershell pinned to my taskbar and a powershell profile that runs every time I open powershell. If i need to use command prompt for something quick, i don't want to open powershell and have to wait for it to run through my profile to run ipconfig /all or something stupid easy like that. Command prompt still has it's place in the world.
  • You know that you can start PowerShell with no profile right?
  • how to bring control panel to the power user menu ? they have removed it in the creators update.
  • In the search box, type CP and hit Enter.
  • Why would you want to switch it back? You can do all the same commands from CMD in Powershell in addition to the powershell commands. The only reason i can think of is that someone doesnt like the blue window.
  • I don't like powershell because I have to add ./ to run commands sometimes.
  • which is a security feature...this very common under Unix
  • I know it is so-called security, but I just don't like it. That is also the reason I don't like unix-like OS. I have been using command prompt and never has security issue
  • or you can just right click on the Start button and select Run, then type cmd and press enter. This will open up the good old command prompt window
  • Or just press Start button and type cmd.
  • I regularly use a script that doesn't work in power shell, so I need the command prompt. But to get from the power shell to the command prompt I just enter CMD in to the power shell press enter then run the script as many times as I need.
  • You could use PowerShell for most task, if you need the command prompt for something specific you could just type cmd Inside PowerShell and it will now be a Command Prompt window with the copy/paste and select aspects of PowerShell .
  • You could use PowerShell for most tasks, if you need the command prompt for something specific you could just type cmd Inside PowerShell and it will now be a Command Prompt window with the copy/paste and select aspects of PowerShell .
  • To those wondering why someone would what to go back to cmd. The Anaconda distribution of Python does not currently support switching environments in PowerShell, so I need to use cmd. Also, by default, PowerShell has security checks that stop .ps1 scripts from running.
  • You can just globally change this security setting.