Windows 8.1 Quick Tip: Replace PowerShell with Command Prompt in the Start Menu and Win+X Menu

The Win-X Menu, which now can also be treated as Start Menu, has a lot more items included in Windows 8.1 than Windows 8. The classic Command Prompt item is also replaced by the modern PowerShell. If this is something you don’t really embrace for, here is a quick way to switch it back.

Here is what looks like by default:

As Figure 1 shows in below, you can see that the original old school 2 Command Prompt menu items are now gone, replaced with the new modern PowerShell.

Figure 1 - New Win+X menu with PowerShell

Figure 1 – New Win+X menu with PowerShell

Here is how you can turn it off

Right-click Taskbar, and choose Properties. In the popup Taskbar and Navigation Properties dialog box, go to Navigation tab, and uncheck the option called “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell” (Figure 2).

Figure 2 - Taskbar and Navigation properties

Figure 2 – Taskbar and Navigation properties

Click OK, and you are all set.

Here is what it looks like now:

As Figure 3 shows, the Command Prompt items are now back.

Figure 3 - Win+X Menu with Command Prompt

Figure 3 – Win+X Menu with Command Prompt

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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