Replace Command Prompt with PowerShell in WinX Power Menu of Windows 10 / 8.1

Microsoft has decided to by default, display Windows PowerShell instead of Command Prompt in the WinX Power Menu of Windows 10 / 8.1. When you right-click the lower-left corner of your Windows 8.1 desktop screen, the WinX menu will pop up displaying, inter alia, Windows PowerShell.


Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration and power users, to control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

Replace Command Prompt with PowerShell in WinX Power Menu

While you can use it to run all the commands which you can run on CMD, some of you may prefer to have the WinX Menu display Command Prompt instead.

The way to do it is also being offered in Windows 8.1.

To replace Command Prompt with PowerShell in the WinX Power Menu of Windows 8.1, right-click on the Windows 8.1 taskbar and select Properties to open the Taskbar properties box.

Now, under the Navigation tab, you will see the option Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key+X.


By default, this option is checked. Uncheck it, click Apply and Exit.


Your WinX Power Menu will now display Command Prompt instead of Windows PowerShell.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
  • Onofrei Iulian

    you highlighted the wrong option in the Properties windows printscreen

  • Anand Khanse

    LOL, Thanks, correcting it …

  • Onofrei Iulian

    you’re welcome :)

  • RyanBeesley

    Not everything you can run under CMD can be run under PS. Case in point:

    PS %USERPROFILE%> mklink
    mklink : The term ‘mklink’ is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.
    Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
    At line:1 char:1
    + mklink
    + ~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (mklink:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9431]
    (c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Creates a symbolic link.

    MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target
    /D Creates a directory symbolic link. Default is a file
    symbolic link.
    /H Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
    /J Creates a Directory Junction.
    Link specifies the new symbolic link name.
    Target specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
    refers to.

    Most things work, and if PowerShell was a drop-in replacement, I’d use it all the time. Instead I still occasionally need a CMD prompt.

  • kodie

    my windows updates never install

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