Add Command Prompt to Win+X Menu in Windows 10 Creators Update

In Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, Microsoft enabled PowerShell by default in the Win+X menu and removed Command Prompt. You can restore the command prompt item in the Win+X menu in Settings.

The Win+X menu feature has been introduced in Windows 8. In Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, you can simply right click on the Start button to show it. It comes with a number of shortcuts to quickly open useful administrative tools and system functions.

To open the Win+X menu in Windows 10, right-click on the Start button or press Win + X shortcut keys on the keyboard. The following pane will appear:

Windows 10 Creators Default Win X

As you can see above, there are no Command Prompt entries in the menu. The two PowerShell commands are added instead.

To add Command Prompt to the Win+X menu in Windows 10 Creators Update, you need to enable it in Settings.

Right-click on the taskbar and select Taskbar settings in the context menu:

Taskbar Context Menu Properties

Settings will be opened. On the right, look for the option Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X.

You need to turn it off.

Windows 10 Enable Command Prompt Win + X

Windows 10 Enable Win+X Command Prompt

Now, right-click on the Start button once again. The Command Prompt item will be available.

Open Command Prompt Elevated Win X

That’s it.

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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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