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

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  1. you highlighted the wrong option in the Properties windows printscreen

  2. LOL, Thanks, correcting it …

  3. 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.

  4. kodie

    my windows updates never install

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