Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt?
This tip applies to Windows 10 Creators Update [version 1703] or newer versions of Windows 10.
No doubt, Windows PowerShell is a powerful command line tool. Running cmdlets, as they are called, using PowerShell is great way to make changes to your Windows computer. A cmdlet is a lightweight command that is used in the Windows PowerShell environment. There are dozens of prewritten cmdlets or you can write your own. If you’re interested, read more about Windows PowerShell and cmdlets here.
We have written a few tips for Windows PowerShell, but most of the time when we feature a tip that requires running a command, we tell you to open a Command Prompt or Command Prompt (Admin) in Windows 10 by right-clicking the Start button (or using the Windows Key + X shortcut) and choosing one or the other from the menu.
In the Creators Update, the default is to show Windows PowerShell and PowerShell (Admin) in the Win-X menu – they replace Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin). So, if you’re using Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) or newer, when you right-click the Windows 10 start button (or press Windows Key + X) you’re probably going to find that Windows PowerShell has replaced Command Prompt. This will also be the case if you’ve just purchased a new Windows 10 computer with Windows 10 Creators Update preinstalled.
Why? It appears that Microsoft may eventually do away with the Command Prompt by creating a hybrid version of PowerShell. That’s just a hunch – we may be wrong. We certainly don’t have the inside scoop. But since most of our tips that require you to run commands using ommand Prompt or Command Prompt (Admin), if you right-click your Windows 10 start button and see PowerShell, it’s no problem to replace PowerShell on the Win -X menu with Command Prompt. In fact, it’s easy to switch back and forth between Command Prompt and PowerShell.
Right-click on your taskbar and choose “Taskbar settings”. Under “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows Key + X” turn the switch OFF and you’ll see Command Prompt on that menu; turn the switch on and you’ll see Windows PowerShell. It’s easy!
Here’s a screen shot with the switched turned Off :
Here’s what you’ll see if the switch is turned On.
So whether a tip requires a Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell, you can quickly and easily switch back and a forth… just by flipping a switch.